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High-flying photographers

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More than 100 years ago, the Hessian apothecary Julius Neubronner (1852–1932) invented the carrier pigeon camera. Weighing no more than 40 grams, it featured a complicated self-timer mechanism and two lenses – one one the back, one on the front of the device. The camera was patented in 1908.

Stadthaus Ulm now presents When Pigeons learned Photography, comprising a selection of photographs taken by Neubronner's pigeons as they flew across the landscape, cities, streets and houses of the Kronberg area. The photographs were in the safe-keeping of the Kronberg Municipal Archive.

At the same time, the Stadthaus also presents images from the Brooklyn Pigeon Project, initiated in 2004 by New York architects Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch. Based on the idea to develop a satellite image of the city as seen by a flock of birds, trained pigeons were sent off to fly in regular spiral patterns over Brooklyn, equipped with small wireless video cameras. The result is a true bird's-eye-view of the city's graphic pattern.

Further information at Stadthaus Ulm

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