Aerial photography has played a significant role as a source of valuable information ever since the First World War, when precise recordings of the zigzags of the trenches enabled strategic analysis and unprecedented accurate mapping. The evolution of photography picked up where Nadar—who took photos from a tethered hot-air balloon—had left off. It came to offer a fascinating new perspective, “the bird’s eye view”, which has fulfilled functional and decorative needs ever since. WWI was also a turning point for war itself, which is the real subject here. Changing in scope and countenance, war came to imply a multitude of nations, all of which would sacrifice of a generation of their youth.
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