Aerial Journeys | Looking at the British landscape from the air

Children's Hour | How It's Done: Aerofilms

Aerial photographers discuss their work from the early 1900s onwards.

CHANNEL | Unknown

RECORDED | circa 1946

DURATION | 14 minutes 06 seconds

RECORDED

1946

Synopsis

Recorded in 1946, this report investigates aerial photography and its beginnings. Through interviews with photographers, including one of the few women photographers, and by accompanying them on a mission, presenter Alan Dixon learns more about the technicalities of this art form.

Did you know?

Aerofilms was the first commercial aerial photography firm, set up by former First World War pilot Francis Lewis Wills in 1919. Wills began photographing Britain in the 1920s from a biplane. He captured the images onto plate negatives. The company was recruited to fly reconnaissance missions during the Second World War. Its archive, containing one million photographs, was closed and sold to English Heritage in 2006. It has published various books on Britain from the air.

Contributors

Alan Dixon
Reporter
H Dawe
Contributor
W Freeman
Contributor
M Harrington
Contributor
L Sharling
Contributor
C Vagg
Contributor
H Warwick
Contributor
W Watkins
Contributor

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