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William Garnett , (Dec 27, 1916–Aug 24, 2006)

Indian Land South of Marble Canyon

c. 1958
13 3/8 in. x 10 3/8 in. (33.97 cm x 26.35 cm)

Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Accession Number: 1959.38

Commentary

Experiments in aerial photography began within two decades of photography’s invention in 1839. Early photographers used hot air balloons, kite cameras, and even carrier pigeons to take photographs from the air. In the mid-20th century, William Garnett was one of the first photographers to take aerial images with artistic intent. He piloted airplanes himself and would point his lens straight down, creating a flattened picture plane. The resulting abstract photographs capture the beauty of natural and cultivated patterns in the land.

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