"Some Dry Space: Michael Light" (Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV) Light's survey of the West, predominantly shot from a self-piloted airplane using techniques descended from early military reconnaissance photography
, delivered a bird's-eye view of the persistent "frontier." For this exhibition, in an oversize handmade book resting on a tripod (rather than on a pedestal), an inverted wall-size photograph of a Los Angeles cityscape shot directly into the sun, and in photographs of endless Wyoming coal mines, California oil fields, hollowed-out Utah mountains, and vast desert landscapes portrayed with vertigo-inducing tilted aerial perspectives, Light offered a nonfiction metaphor for the shock-and-awe violence characterizing American frontiers past, present, and future.
When World War II broke out in 1939, she joined the air force in the reconnaissance photography
Automatic optical inspection originated during World War II, when the interpretation of aerial reconnaissance photography
meant hours of painstaking inspection of freshly developed film in darkrooms in the Mediterranean and Pacific.
Canberras were first used as bombers in the 1950s but have since been adapted for reconnaissance photography
Products created on the NRO's Joint Targeting Workstation--which merges more accurate national imagery with up-to-the-minute theater-revel reconnaissance photography
to derive precise geographic coordinates of potential targets--have proven invaluable to mission planners during the conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo.
Live Picture, Inc.'s superb Web site (http:// www.livepictures.com) offers very impressive examples of the FlashPix formal used in merchandise catalogs, reconnaissance photography
. art collections, s tock photography, travel catalogs, real-estate portfolios.