Snapshot from an Airplane: The Harbor of Copenhagen


This view of Copenhagen harbor is the earliest known Danish aerial photograph. The picture was taken by Holger Damgaard (1870–1945), the first full-time press photographer in Denmark. Damgaard worked for the Danish newspaper Politiken from 1908 until 1940, where he documented a wide variety of events, places, and persons. Aerial photography goes back to the 1850s, when the first photographs were taken from balloons. The first photograph taken from an airplane was made in 1909, when the American aviation pioneer Wilbur Wright flew over Rome, carrying a passenger who shot a three-minute film of the city below. This photograph was made just a few years later, in 1913.

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Snapshot fra et Aeroplan: Holmen og Havnen

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1 photograph ; 20.6 x 31.4 centimeters

Last updated: May 3, 2013