Cities From the Sky
Sherman Fairchild, the photographer who transformed aviation
- By Rebecca Maksel
- AirSpaceMag.com, January 12, 2009
Courtesy Princeton Architectural Press
Fairchild Aerial Surveys would frequently send pilot-cameraman teams to photograph subjects such as skyscrapers and hotels, then try to sell the images. During the 1920s, Fairchild opened sales offices in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Boston (the latter seen here from above in 1932). But even before the Great Depression, most of the company’s real estate contracts had dried up, and Fairchild turned to conducting aerial surveys for the Bureau of Reclamation and the Department of Agriculture.