Aerial Color Photos

Photograph by Melville B. Grosvenor

National Geographic assistant editor Melville Bell Grosvenor made the first aerial color photograph when he took this shot of the Statue of Liberty by circling the monument in a Navy Airship ZM C2. The photograph, which was published in the September 1930 issue, led the National Geographic Society to adopt the Finlay process, then the newest method for producing color photographs.