UIG’s Aerial Photography Collection

Gaspard-Felix Tournachon is widely believed to be the first producer of aerial photography.  Tournachon, a balloonist, took images mainly of Paris, France in the late 1850’s.  The earliest surviving aerial photograph, however, was one created in 1860.  James Wallace Black and Samuel Archer King’s aerial photograph was titled “Boston, as the Eagle and the Wild Goose See It”.

Aerial photography taken from balloons, airplanes and eventually satellites have provided extensive benefits to militaries and governments for more than a century.  Additionally, aerial photography has been used for land-mapping, agriculture, scientific research, and other purposes.  It has also evolved into an art form of its own, with abstract shapes, interesting landforms, and brilliant natural colors revealed from above.

The technologies of flight have greatly propelled our ability to see the changing Earth from above.  Today, photographers have many tools available to capture aerial imagery.  The use of drones has enabled photographers to capture local landscapes, structures, and other subjects more easily and at significantly less costs over time.

UIG’s aerial photography collection spans the globe and includes historical and contemporary content provided by drone, airplane, and satellite.  Thanks to our partnership with Planet Observer, UIG can also provide detailed satellite aerial photos of nearly every location on Earth.  Please contact us for all of your aerial needs at info@universalimagesgroup.com

All images featured in this post and on Kaleidoscope are available for licensing.  Please contact us at info@universalimagesgroup.com


https://airandspace.si.edu/stories/editorial/beginnings-and-basics-aerial-photography#:~:text=In%201860%2C%20James%20Wallace%20Black,a%20balloon%20but%20was%20unsuccessful – June 21, 2023

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