- A book of the KAPWA Fundation
- published in 1995, written by:
- Geoffroy de BEAUFFORT
- and Michel DUSARIEZ
- 145 pages, 15x21cm
- french edition ISBN 2-9600048-2-5
- English edition ISBN 2-9600048-3-3
taken from a kite,
yesterday and to-day.
Reproductions, photographs, and
drawings illustrates the story of the kite aerial photography
history since Arthur BATUT. The reprint text of his
book is translated.
At the beginning, it's hard to
find its way, and to understand the plan and the rhythm
of the book, moreover because some remarks and comments
makes the reader feel uncomfortable. It is also a pity that
the cover, rather old-fashioned, lacks to be attractive
to a wide public, to which this book is dedicated.
The historical narrating captivated
me. No doubt that the KAPWA documentation, and the
know-how of Geoffroy de Beauffort in this
matter have largely contributed to it, so much the better!
When I think to the book "Kites, an historical survey"
which is with no doubt the reference on kite history, but
almost ignore kap facts, I'm pleased with this book here.
Some parts as "how to trigger
to-day" are not for the passionate kaper, neither for
the beginner already smartened, neither to the amateur searching
good tips, but they are interesting to others who will become
familiar with the different technical matters: camera, suspension,
By the way, the drawings of Antoine
VARIN, particularly explanatory, and well drawn, have
been happily taken off the KAPWA's documentation,
and stand in contrast with other matters not so well technically
The obvious interest of this book
is also the about thirty B&W photographs of kap forerunners,
or of famous KAPWA's members.