In an time of Google Earth and off-the-shelf drones, aerial photography feels more within reach than ever before. Yet it wasn’t too long ago that the idea of capturing a birds-eye view was quite a feat. Over time it evolved and the applications grew more diverse, from surveying and city planning to intelligence-gathering and reconnaissance. Today, artists continue to push the boundaries of what we can learn about ourselves and the world around us by taking to the skies.

Check out the video below to discover three artists who each use aerial photography in their own creative way:

Want to learn more? Don’t forget to browse other inspiring resources on the fundamentals of photography at MOPA’s Photo 101Also, make sure to check out MOPA’s Nancy K. Dubois Library for unique resources related to photography and film.


Special thanks to the artists Francis Frith, Millee Tibbs and Ansel Adams. 

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