Taking to the Air
An Illustrated History of Flight
- PUBLISHED: September 2019
- SUBJECT LISTING: History, Art History
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 224 Pages, 6.5 x 9.5 in, 200 color illus.
- ISBN: 9780295746784
- Publisher: University of Washington Press
The possibilities of flight have long fascinated us. Each innovation captivated a broad public, from those who gathered to witness winged medieval visionaries jumping from towers, to those who tuned in to watch the moon landings. Throughout history, the visibility of airborne objects from the ground has made for a spectacle of flight, with sizeable crowds gathering for eighteenth-century balloon launches and early twentieth-century air shows. Taking to the Air tells the history of flight through the eye of the spectator and, later, the passenger.
Focusing on moments of great cultural impact, this book is a visual celebration of the wonder of flight, based on the large and diverse collection of print imagery held by the British Library. It is a study of how flight has been pictured through time.
Authors & Contributors
Lily Ford is a cultural historian and filmmaker. She teaches and produces films at the Derek Jarman Lab, Birkbeck, University of London. She reviews books on aviation and related subjects for the Times Literary Supplement.
For many, flight has become a mundane, even actively unpleasant experience. . . . The great joy of this book is to be reminded what a romantic idea it is.- Telegraph