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Edward Burtynsky: Water

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World-renowned photographer unveils his most ambitious project to date

No stranger to the pages of SHFT, Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky returns with what may be his most ambitious project to date. The result of over five years of work, Water investigates humanity’s complex relationship with the world’s most vital natural resource. The project includes a series of photo exhibitions, a book, and a film. Shot in ten different countries, Water......read more

Incredible Aerial Photos of Mexico City

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Overhead shots of one of the world's largest cities

Mexico City, the most populous city in the Western Hemisphere, is home to over 21 million people. There are an astounding 25,400 people per square mile living in the city. In the above photos, Mexican photographer Pablo Lopez Muz shows what just that looks like, as seemingly endless rings of homes radiate out in waves from the city center.  "In a megalopolis like Mexico City," says Lopez......read more

A Year on the Road: Above the San Juans

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A misty flight over Washington's emerald islands

For 4 years now, I have been dreaming of exploring the 450 islands that make up the San Juans. I knew this year marked my moment to finally visit as they have just been declared a National Monument. In Obama's words, the islands are “a refuge of scientific and historic treasures and a classroom for generations of Americans.”  Home to bald eagles, orca whales, harbor......read more

Adam Magyar: Squares

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Fictional aerial views of the urban environment

In in Squares project, Hungarian photographer Adam Magyar presents us with imaginary top-down views of people in the city. The images, created from hundreds of different pictures captured using custom-built photographic equipment, allow viewers to consider the pace and volume of modern urban living. "Squares is a series of non-existent urban places," he writes. "I created fake aerial photos and......read more

Site Specific: Aerial Photographs by Olivo Barbieri

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Ten-year project chronicles the world's cities from above

Site Specific is a summary of Olivo Barbieri’s ten-year project to record the world’s cities in aerial photographs. The book offers a thrilling survey of thirty-six cities throughout the world. At the same time, it presents a narrative of Barbieri’s evolving approach to photography and his ideas about the nature of the medium. Presented chronologically, the photographs begin......read more

Navid Baraty: New York City From the Top Down

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Dizzying overhead shots of Manhattan--acrophobiacs, avert your eyes

With a commission from New York's Metro Transit Authority, Navid Baraty (previously) captured the city from a perspective few have ever seen. The NYC-via-Ohio photographer shot the images looking straight down from the edges of buildings around Manhattan. The inspiration for the photos came thousands of miles away, in Tokyo, while lunching in a skyscraper. “I looked straight down and saw......read more

Excavation: Paintings by Philip Govedare

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Altered landscapes of the American West, as seen from above

If you've been a SHFT reader for any length of time, you know by now that we have a minor obsession with aerial photography, samples of which have been featured on this site many times. The aerial perspective offers a whole new way of seeing the earth, one that illuminates features of both natural and manmade environments in a way that's not possible from the ground. That's why we always choose......read more

Edward Burtynsky: Oil Spill

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Award-winning photographer continues his documentation of our dependence on oil.

In 1997, Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky had an epiphany: "It occurred to me that the vast, human-altered landscapes that I pursued and photographed for over twenty years were only made possible by the discovery of oil and the mechanical advantage of the internal combustion engine. It was then that I began the oil project." For the next decade Burtynsky set himself to......read more

Christoph Gielen

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Otherworldly aerial photos of our built environment.

Christoph Gielen's aerial studies of suburban land use patterns provide a revealing perspective on the sprawl that dominates America's built landscape. Shot from a helicopter, the abstract and geometric patterns look almost otherworldly, forcing the viewer to evaluate the artificiality and unsustainability of suburban 'hoods and highway infrastructure. “With these pictures, I am......read more

J. Henry Fair: Abstraction of Destruction

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A photographer goes skyward to capture "industrial scars."

Like a good war photojournalist, J. Henry Fair stops at nothing to capture his image. In his case, the battle being waged is between industrial forces and the earth. The muckracking photographer takes to the sky in planes and helicopters, flying over enemy lines to shoot eerily beautiful pictures of polluted landscapes. The resulting images evoke Abstract Expressionist paintings, hence the......read more

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