Tuesday, January 25, 2011

William Garnett, An Aerial Aesthetic

William Garnett, An Aerial Aesthetic at Scott Nichols Gallery. "...A pioneer in the field of aerial photography who has received three Guggenheim fellowships, Garnett took a highly mechanized and utilitarian process and transformed it into a art form of power and beauty.
It was luck that brought William Garnett to aerial photography. Discharged from the Army in 1945, where he served as a motion picture cameraman for U.S. Signal Corps he found his life's work on the plane trip back to the east coast in the navigator's seat of a troop transport. Inspired by the majesty of the landscape below, he decided to get his pilot's license and start photographing from the sky. He learned to fly on the G.I. Bill and bought his first plane in 1947, which served as his tripod and studio, throughout his career."


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