Re-photographing George Lawrence’s “San Francisco in Ruins”
Kite Aerial Photography
Just three weeks after the 1906 Earthquake, professional photographer George Lawrence snapped his famous photograph, “San Francisco in Ruins,” from a 49-pound camera raised 1,000 feet above the bay with a train of Conyne kites. To honor George Lawrence's feat, as well as celebrate the advancements made in earthquake study and awareness, the Drachen Foundation sponsored Kite Aerial Photographer (KAPer) Scott Haefner, USGS geologist, to re-shoot Lawrence's photo using contemporary kite aerial photography techniques.
High-resolution, zoomable version of “San Francisco in Ruins”
Modern Day Photo
Photo by Scott Haefner, USGS
The new photo was taken from the bow of a boat in San Francisco Bay near Treasure Island.
- Scott Haefner, USGS
Kite aerial photographer
- Malcolm Johnston, USGS
- Roger Borcherdt, USGS
- Ali Fujino, The Drachen Foundation
- Matthew Stubbs