A century before the sky

At the time of Mittelholzer’s trip, the country lacked rail and road networks, and camel caravans were still used for foreign trade. Air transportation provided a tempting possibility for the rulers of the country. At a time when the aviation industry was in its infancy, Mittelholzer and Bisegar almost had the skies to themselves as they swooped down on cities to capture images that would soon dazzle European audiences. Mittelholzer predicted that aerial photography would play an important role in the documentary image of the future. He wrote in 1928, “Another unseen world opens before us. It is as if the earth has found another face in this way, and man has a new and flawless eye.