- 52 pages, 14x22,5 cm, 2 plates 22,5x30cm
- soft cover.
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Further to this book, on the theme
of aerial photography from balloon or from kite, see also
Laussedat's conferences which have then been collected in
one work published in 3 volumes between 1901 and 1903.
Colonel Aimé Laussedat
published in 1899 by the Société
Française de Photographie
Metrophotography is the first designation
of photogrammetry, or the technique to make surveys or maps
from photographs. Aime Laussedat has been the forerunner
and he has been named "father of Photogrammetry".
However, this booklet which is the key of the historical
story of the origins of this technique is often ignored.
A. Laussédat has not achieved
any aerial picture, neither from balloon,n or from kite.
This work, text of a conference he held at the Societe
Francaise de Photographie, is only reporting and describing
the episodes of the working out of his photogrammetric
Why this book in the topic of aerial
To me, it was not possible not
to evoke Laussedat's work which opens an extraordinary development
of aerial photography which consequences are big. All our
GPS applications drift from it!
The colonel Aimé Laussédat
(1819-1907) was a serviceman, polytechnician engineer. He
was a great scientist, respected and honoured. Basically
a mathematician and a geometry and astronomy teacher, he
promoted the development of measurement instruments, and
without been photograph or balloon pilot, he devoted so
much to these two techniques that he has elected president
of both the Photographic and the Aeronautic societies. His
main work is the photogrammetry but there is not only that.
At the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers which
he has been the director, he created a fund of photographs,
and he organized an exhibition of aerial pictures. A. Batut
and E. Wenz have collaborated for the adjustement of aerial
techniques meant to photogrammetry.
This paper lets introduce to photogrammetry
and understand how at the end of the XIXth century the convergence
of Laussedat's method, of the progress in photography and
the start of aeronautic has been able to articulate
and combine between each other for applications which are
the base of our today most advanced technological applications.
This topic could not have been
complete without giving to Aime Laussedat the place he deserves
and the credit which suit to his work and to his devotion
for the development and promotion of photographic
and aeronautic techniques.