Aviation geeks, photographers and fans of popular culture will want to keep an eye out for two hardcover volumes coming out this month from Italian publisher Rizzoli.
Known for publishing coffee table-worthy books filled with incredible art and photography, Rizzoli publishes Paris seen from the sky April 13 and Come fly with me: fly in style may’s beginning.
Come Fly With Me: Fly in Style by Jodi Peckman
Anyone who misses traveling the world and those old enough to remember the ‘golden age’ of travel – when getting on a plane was a chance to dress up – will appreciate the gorgeous celebrity photos. at airports in this book.
The images are curated by Jodi Peckman, creative director, photo editor and award-winning writer who spent thirty years working with Rolling Stone magazine.
“My interest in these kinds of images started with a photo of Paul and Linda McCartney arriving at the airport in the early 1970s,” Peckman explains in the book’s preface. “I liked everything about it. A look at a famous family in such a public space, they look so natural.
Thanks to Peckman and the perseverance of the paparazzi, we can sit at home, plan our post-pandemic trips, and browse 80 color and black and white images of celebrities past and present including Dolly Parton, Muhammad Ali, Prince, Taylor Swift and many others as they pass through airport terminals around the world.
Paris seen from the sky, by Jeffrey Milstein
Jeffrey Milstein is a photographer, architect and pilot you may know from art exhibitions and previous books featuring stunning images from below of planes taken as they fly directly over the runways of airport, as well as New York and Los Angeles, taken from above.
For Paris seen from the sky, Milstein had to convince the French authorities to give him permission to take his signature high-resolution photos while flying over Paris and Versailles in a helicopter. It was not easy.
“At first the helicopter company, Helifirst – they do all the flying for movies like Impossible mission – told me that we could only circle around the city and that flying over the city was impossible, ”says Milstein. He persisted, paid hefty fees to file an application, and asked publishers, museum curators and other members of the photography community to write letters of support. Then he waited for a response which officials said might – or might not – come in three months.
He continues: “I went to Paris at the end of the three months hoping to get permission. And on the last day of my stay, I learned that they had given me two 45 minute flights over Paris.
“They asked me not to photograph Notre-Dame which was covered with scaffolding.”
Milstein extended his stay and made the first flight, north of the Seine. He returned a month later to make the second flight south of the Seine, with an additional flight over Charles de Gaulle airport.
“I also got permission from Versailles, which is also hardly ever given,” Milstein explains. “In the fall, I went to Paris and did another flight over Versailles, where they turned on the lights for me.”
But how did he get these shots?
“For aerial shots from a helicopter, an image stabilizer lens or camera is a big help, especially if there is vibration or wind turbulence,” says Milstein. “At the end of the day when the sun is low, the warm colors are nice and the long shadows help create drama and define the image. After the sun goes down, when the lights come on but there is still light, this is also a great time to take photos.
Featured image credited to Bettmann