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The Pigeon Photographer.
Photographs by various pigeons with the assistance of Julius G. Neubronner. Edited by Nicoló Degiorgis and Audrey Solomon. Essay by Joan Fontcuberta.
Rorhof, Bolzano, Italy, 2017. In English. 96 pp., black-and-white illustrations, 6¼x9½".

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Julius G. Neubronner, born 1851 in Kronberg im Taunus as the son of a pharmacist, cultivated a curious passion for photography.

In 1907 he patented the design of a camera which could be attached to pigeons and would automatically take pictures during their flight in order to track their journey. Despite being used for a wide range of recreational, scientific, press and military purposes, the camera's success only lasted a few years, until more advanced methods overtook it, leaving Neubronner and his pigeons buried in history. Nevertheless, his invention contributed to the development of aerial photography and can be considered the predecessor of today's drones.

This title consists of a 96-page hardbound book, plus a 30-page illustrated booklet containing Fontcuberta's essay, and a 48-page illustrated newspaper reproducing historical articles and photographs about pigeon photography.


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