The Jet as Art
Jeffrey Milstein's photographs turn aviation technology into fine art.
- By The Editors
- AirSpaceMag.com, November 18, 2011
Jeffrey Milstein likes the big picture. He's photographed the people and architecture of India; the street life of Havana, Cuba; post-World War II trailers—made from surplus aircraft sheet metal—that populate Palm Springs, California; and declining industrial areas along New York's Hudson River.
Now, large prints (up to 50 by 50 inches) from his exhibition (and book) AirCraft: The Jet as Art are on display at the National Air and Space Museum until November 2012.
Milstein's favorite spot for photographing aircraft is runway 24R at Los Angeles International Airport. "You have to find the right spot underneath the flight path," he told the Museum's Carolyn Russo, who curates the exhibition. "Not too far away and not too close. The plane can't be coming in too high or too low, and if the wing dips a little bit to correct for wind, the symmetry will be unequal. It is just a matter of finding the 'sweet spot' so that the aircraft is lined up exactly in the camera's frame."
Click on the thumbnail images above to see a few selections from the exhibition.
American Airlines Boeing 777-200
2-engine, wide-body airliner
Length: 209 feet, 1 inch
Wingspan: 199 feet, 11 inches
Maximum takeoff weight: 545,000 lbs