The View from Above


Arthur Batut, a history, archaeology and photography enthusiast from France, is remembered as one of the pioneers of aerial photography. He was amongst the first to use a kite to make pictures from above. In 1890, he wrote a book describing his techniques to make aerial pictures with kites. This method was found to be useful in archaeology and agriculture. It also had its advantages in military reconnaissance. In 1906, George Lawrence used a stabilising rig of his design to mount a panoramic camera onto a kite and flew it over San Francisco to capture the sight of the city after it had been hit by a devastating earthquake.