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“The Strange Beauty of David Maisel’s Aerial Photographs.” April 26, 2013. Gambino, Megan.

“For almost 30 years, David Maisel has been photographing areas of environmental degradation. He hires a local pilot to take him up in a four-seater Cessna, a type of plane he likens to an old Volkswagen beetle with wings, and then, anywhere from 500 to 11,000 feet in altitude, he cues the pilot to bank the plane. With a window propped open, Maisel snaps photographs of the clear-cut forests, strip mines or evaporation ponds below.”

To read the entire interview, please visit the Smithsonian’s website.

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