December 12, 2004

Simply Stunning

In 1906, the city of San Francisco was devastated by an earthquake, followed by a fire that burned for four days. A photographer named George R. Lawrence had developed a means of taking aerial photographs using kites, producing 130-degree panoramas; the prints were 47 inches wide, made from negatives of the same size. (!) On hearing of the disaster in California, he took his crew to San Francisco.

If you've read about the San Francisco earthquake and fire, and think you understand the scope of the disaster, I suspect you're mistaken. Be sure to read the whole thing, or you'll miss the shot of the port of San Francisco at the very bottom.

(Via Slashdot.)

Posted by Will Duquette at December 12, 2004 09:00 AM

Mark D. said:

Wow! Thanks, Will - it seems odd that no one has picked up and carried on his work. Kinda like no one has really followed in the architect Gaudi's tracks except perhaps the designers of theme parks .