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Autogyro About 1920

Not on display

Buckham was the leading aerial photographer of his day and was renowned for his atmospheric shots of the landscape. He felt that the most spectacular cloud formations and theatrical light could be captured on “stormy days, with bursts of sunshine and occasional showers of rain”. Over the years Buckham amassed a vast collection of photographs of skies which he could integrate with a separate landscape photograph to enhance the drama and create a more impressive composition. This is an example of one of his shots of an impressive cloud formation. It also features an autogyro emerging from within the depths of the clouds. A spectacular contraption that seems remarkably unstable against the power of nature, this autogyro was in fact painted in by Buckham.

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The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.



  • Acc. No. PGP 197.20
  • Medium Silver gelatine print
  • Size 38.10 x 46.10 cm
  • Credit Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund 2008