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Dronescapes: The New Aerial Photography from Dronestagram

Thames & Hudson. May 2017. 288p. ed. by Ayperi Karabuda Ecer. photos. index. ISBN 9780500544723. $40. PHOTOG
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Dronestagram is a photo-sharing website that showcases aerial photography made with lightweight, personal unmanned aerial vehicles, popularly known as drones. Launched in 2013, dubbed an "Instagram for drones," it is considered the leading online venue for quadcopter photographers. This title, published in association with Dronestagram, offers some 250 thrilling, beautiful, vertiginous, and quirky photos taken around the world, grouped by subject: urban, wildlife, landscapes, abstractions. There is even wedding photography. The images were assembled by photo editor Ecer (Reuters, Magnum Photos). Aerial photography has been around almost as long as the medium itself (there are photos from hot-air balloons made in the 1850s), but personal drone photography introduces something new. Given the low altitude and the vision these drone image makers bring to their efforts, these pictures stand out among the crowd.
VERDICT With its glossy, high-quality color images, this is a great introduction to a refreshing style of picture making.

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