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 1000 feet above the bay with a train of Conyne kites.
To honor George Lawrence’s feat, and to celebrate the advancements made in earthquake research 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.
Modern Day Photo
- Scott Haefner, USGS
Kite Aerial Photographer
- Malcolm Johnston, USGS
- Roger Borcherdt, USGS
- Ali Fujino, The Drachen Foundation
- Matthew Stubbs