UK, November 24, 2006 – ‘The Past from Above’ is the British Museum’s first major photographic exhibition, showcasing Swiss photographer Georg Gerster’s aerial photography of historic sights and locations from around the world. Subjects range from natural phenomena like Uluru in Australia to man-made wonders such as the Ziggurat of Ur in Iraq or the Great Wall of China. For a preview of the exhibition visit: http://travel.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,23209-2470003,00.html
The pictures were taken by Gerster over the last forty years and they take visitors on a global tour of the great monuments of human civilisation. His first archaeological photographic flight documented temples, pyramids and fortresses in ancient Nubia, modern Sudan, in 1963. Since then he has photographed sites in over one hundred countries across six continents, providing fascinating birds-eye views that have contributed greatly to our understanding of world archaeology. ‘The Past from Above’ is at the British Museum until February 11.