The Pigeon Photographer


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Nowadays, drones make aerial photography look easy, but it hadn’t been possible without a few key inventions throughout the history of the medium. In 1907, German pharmacist’s son Julius G. Neubronner patented a camera that could be attached to a pigeon. Its journey was tracked by pictures taken automatically during flight. Long overdue recognition for The Pigeon Photographer has now come in the form of a publication, including a newspaper dedicated to the phenomenon and an essay by Joan Fontcuberta, beginning with the words: “The belief that when we talk about history we are not constructing fiction is as mistaken as the belief that in creating fiction we are not talking about history.” This makes one wonder what we’re seeing here: history, fiction, or both?