Leviathans of the Sky: Photographs of Dirigibles from the National Gallery of Canada
21 Sep 2012 - 20 May 2013
In 2010 the National Gallery of Canada received a donation of over 1,500 photographs documenting aspects of aviation history from the early 20th century through to the 1970s. Consisting primarily of photographs created for or used by various press agencies, the collection chronicles the human fascination with flight through the evolution of aviation technology. It features an assortment of flying machines that includes dirigibles, various types of airplanes, ornithopters, gyrocopters, helicopters, jets, jetpacks and hovercraft as well as images of some of aviation’s pioneers including aviators, inventors, engineers and entrepreneurs.
Unknown. Astra Torres No. 1 Above Crowd, Issy-les-Moulineaux, c. 1911-1912. Gelatin silver print. Gift of an anonymous donor, 2010. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo © NGC.