Detail, Robert Cameron
photo, "Above San Francisco."
aerial photographer Robert
Cameron created an unmatched record of San
Francisco with his books Above San Francisco. Because updated editions
of Cameron's collection were created every several years with new photography,
and because Above San Francisco includes vintage photographs of the City,
it is possible for an enthusiast to observe San Francisco's evolution from
port community to a Metropolis bursting at the seams. Cameron's own long
and distinguished career includes a stint as a news photographer and another
for the War Department during World War II. Above San Francisco has given
the City its perspective in its larger environment. Comparing photos in
earlier editions - which are available at all the best used bookstores -
to the current City is a sentimental sport that underscores the inevitability
of change and the toll of progress on green space and elbow room - not to
The series of details demonstrates
the evolution of the downtown area as documented by Above San Francisco.
Above the City in 2004.