Presidio of San Francisco (January 24, 2005) -- A stunning
display of aerial photographs shot from a hovering helicopter by
renowned photographer Robert Cameron above some of the worlds’ greatest
cities and environments including San Francisco will be featured at the
Presidio Officers’ Club starting March 19 and continuing through June
Admission is free to “From Above: A Robert Cameron
Retrospective - A Life’s Work in Aerial Photography.” The Presidio
Officers’ Club is located on the Main Post at 50 Moraga Avenue. The
exhibit is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.
“From his helicopter soaring over this idyllic
setting, Bob Cameron has looked down with a God-like eye,” wrote Art
Hoppe, former San Francisco Chronicle columnist and co-author of
the Above San Francisco book, “and recorded with his camera what
Mr. Cameron has been a photographer since 1921 when
his father gave him a "Brownie" camera and encouraged him to use it. He
is now 93, lives in San Francisco and has published 16 of his "Above"
books. He was a photographer for the Des Moines Register in the 1930s.
He learned the art of aerial photography during World War II, while
shooting pictures of military installations for the War Department. His
17th book, Above Mexico City, has just been released.
His co-authors include former San Francisco
Chronicle columnists Art Hoppe and Herb Caen (for the Above San
Francisco book); Pierre Salinger, former press secretary for
President John F. Kennedy (for the Above Paris book); and
Alistair Cooke for Above London. More than 2.5 million books in
the “Above” series have been printed.
The From Above exhibit at the Presidio
features nine galleries of Mr. Cameron’s iconic images. Through 57
photographs the visitor will look down from 1,500 feet on the natural
and man-made world.
The galleries are Above San Francisco, Above the
West (L.A., San Diego, Las Vegas and Seattle), Robert Cameron and his
Books, Above the East (D.C., N.Y.C., and Chicago), Above London and the
Thames Valley, Above Paris and the Ile de France, Above Mexico, Above
Hawaii, and Above Great Parks (Presidio of San Francisco, GGNRA, Marin
Headlands, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Alaska, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, and
The Above San Francisco book was placed in a
time capsule five years ago and buried under San Francisco City Hall.
The visitors will note these are not simply aerial shots of any given
city, but a poet’s look from above. “This is not a travelogue,” Mr.
Cameron says, “But the (San Francisco) book will make you feel good
about being a San Franciscan.”