Aerial Photography

The first aerial photograph showing the Place de l' Etoile, Paris, was taken by Gaspard Felix Tournachon (aka Felix Nadar) in 1858.

It was shot from an altitude of 520 meters in a tethered balloon.

Felix Nadar
Felix Nadar

The oldest existing aerial photograph (see below) was taken by James Wallace Black on 13 October 1860 of Boston.

James Wallace Black

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