AirCraft: The Jet As Art

Posted 25 November 2011
Photo by Jeffrey Milstein via Smithsonian Institution

An exhibition of thirty-three prints of the undersides of aircraft by professional photographer Jeffrey Milstein opened at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, on 25 November 2011. Milstein stands at the end of a runway and captures aircraft moments before landing. Using a high-resolution digital camera, he photographs the aircraft from below. Using photographic post-processing techniques, he distills the subject from the background to focus attention on the design, color, and symmetry of the aircraft. While most of the aircraft in the exhibition are civilian airliners, one of the images (shown here) is an F-22 Raptor. This exhibition, which will run through November 2012, was made possible by a grant from the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.

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