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Kite Aerial Photography Panorama: 1906 Centennial

Drachen Foundation

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 2,000 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 and Kite Aerial Photographer (KAPer) Scott Haefner will reshoot Lawrence's San Francisco using contemporary Kite Aerial Photography techniques.

kite aerial photo of San Francisco

Photo taken during a trial run on April 1, 2006. Photo by Scott Haefner.

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April 2006


San Francisco and Bay area


The project honors 1906 Earthquake photographer as well as the advancements made in earthquake study with a contemporary photograph.


As an exhibition, it will draw public museum visitors

Volunteer Opportunities



Ali Fujino, (206) 282-4349

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