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The Past from Above by Charlotte Trumpler, Georg Gerster

The Past from Above


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The Past from Above by Charlotte Trumpler, Georg Gerster

For more than 40 years, Georg Gerster has been travelling the world photographing archaeological sites from the air. In The Past from Above, archaeologist Charlotte Trumpler introduces 250 of his photographs, taken in more than 50 countries in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Australia, and Africa. Each is accompanied by a detailed explanatory description. Gerster's subjects range from the temple complex at Karnak to the Great Wall of China, from the Acropolis in Athens to the temples of Abu Simbel, from Aztec cult places in Mexico to monumental designs in the Californian desert. These colour photographs are not only precise, technical achievements - often produced under hair-raising circumstances - but also fascinating, unique views of our world. The result is a spectacular photographic book and a visual history of mankind that stretches back to the very beginnings of civilization.


It is from above, usually with the aid of evening light, long shadows and snowfalls, that the past seems to leap into life ... the result is a glorious book ... George Gerster's photographs are both revelations of the past and works of beauty in themselves -- Simon Jenkins Sunday Times ... extraordinary album of views ... all the proudest works of man lie spread out before the reader Independent If Kubla Khan had a library in Xanadu, he'd have kept this book on permanent display -- Andrew Motion Guardian

About the Author

Charlotte Trumpler studied classical archaeology and has participated in digs across Southern Europe. She is currently the director of the archaeology collection in the Folkwang Museum in Essen. Georg Gerster has been taking aerial photographs since 1956 and has contributed to many illustrated books. He is also a journalist and has been widely published in books and magazines.

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Publication date

1st October 2006


Charlotte Trumpler, Georg Gerster

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Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd


416 pages


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