San Franciscan ICON Mr. Robert Cameron was the best selling author, publisher and photographer of 'ABOVE BOOKS'. With three million copies in print there are fifteen coffee table books in the 'ABOVE' series, including aerial views of Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., London and Paris, along with four versions of "ABOVE SAN FRANCISCO". As recently as August 2009, at the age of 98 and already legally blind, Mr. Cameron was back over S.F. working and capturing a future classic aerial photograph when Lombard Street turned (for a day) into Candy Land. For Mr. Cameron aerial photography was a labor of love.
The Folio includes some of Mr. Cameron's best captures including above photographs from ENGLAND and FRANCE, as well as CHICAGO, LOS ANGELES, NEW YORK, SAN FRANCISCO, WASHINGTON DC and YOSEMITE.
In Mr. Cameron's own words: “I have been taking photographs since 1921 when I was a ten-year-old boy in Iowa and my father gave me a Kodak Brownie camera. I began my photographic career in 1933 as a news photographer for the Des Moines Register. I learned the art of aerial photography during World War II when I worked for the War Department photographing Midwestern military installations under construction. After a stint in business in New York, I moved to San Francisco where I published the first of four Above San Francisco books in 1969. Since then, Cameron and Company has published 22 Above books featuring great cities and sweeping landscapes from Hawaii to Paris. I’m still active at 96. My most recent book is Above Mexico City.” R.C. 2007