Notes on Kite Aerial Photography: Background
George Lawrence took this remarkable kite aerial photograph in 1906 as San Francisco lay devastated by the '06 earthquake. Less than 20 years after Batut's first efforts Lawrence used a train of up to nine large Conyne kites to loft a moving-slit panoramic camera. The camera weighed 49 pounds and was lifted to a height of approximately 2,000 feet anchored by a wire tether. The shutter was released via an electric wire to produce a negative measuring 18" x 48".
For more information see the particularly fine papers by Simon Baker of East Carolina University: Baker, Simon, George Lawrence: A Giant in Kite Aerial Photography, KiteLines, Vol. 11, No. 1, Fall 1994 and Baker, Simon, San Francisco in Ruins: The 1906 Aerial Photographs of George R. Lawrence, Landscape, Vol. 30, No. 2, 1989.
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