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Theater & art

Photography review

Looking down, looking around with aerial photography

The arrival of photography created a new way of seeing. The arrival of aerial photography created a new way of using that new way of seeing. Photographing from above offers a form of visual liberation. Its practitioners slip not only the surly bonds of Earth but the perhaps even surlier bonds of perspective and familiarity.

A few photographers, such as William Garnett and Alex MacLean, have specialized in aerial photography. Others, like Terry Evans or Bradford Washburn, have dabbled in it.

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