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The world seen from the sky - past and present compared, from the hot air balloon to the drone

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The world changes: entire cities arise from nothing, others disappear; skyscrapers collapse, only to be rebuilt taller and more spectacular; where there were glaciers, there are now valleys; once impenetrable forests are now crossed by highways thousands of kilometers long, dotted with bridges and viaducts.

Together with the planet, the technologies that document its incessant change from the most dizzying point of view that exists: the sky. From the first blurry images, taken from hot air balloons in the mid-nineteenth century, to the space probes that today photograph the Earth from millions of kilometers away, the face of the world has profoundly changed: this volume is dedicated to these metamorphoses, richly illustrated in color and in black and white, which travels the entire planet in search of the most spectacular transformations.

We will see cities grow dramatically, historical structures transform, ancient archaeological sites come to light, geographical and environmental characteristics change drastically under the action of nature or man, but always in the most surprising ways.

Reasons of interest:

  • An emotional journey that shows readers the world as it was and as it is... and invites them to reflect on what it will be.

  • Meticulous iconographic research to associate historical black and white images with the most recent color photographs of the same sites.

  • Highly current themes that compare the past and present of our world, tracing an unusual portrait of great emotional impact.

  • In-depth texts that illustrate the historical, technological and naturalistic specificities of the images, highlighting the problems linked to global change.

  • Nature, developing cities, the works of man: how the planet has changed in over a century.

  • Size: 23.2 × 31.4 cm
  • 256 pages
  • 4 color printing
  • Hardback with dust jacket
  • ISBN 978 2 88935 421 4

Enrico Lavagno is the author of numerous volumes on historical, artistic and geographical topics published by Italian and foreign publishers. He was co-author of the texts for the volumes Guida Archeologica alla TEssa Santa (2001), La Sacra Bibbia (2003) and Meraviglie dell'architettura (2008), and author of Il Mondo (2005), Italia traces of the past (2007), The Holy Land in the lithographs of David Roberts (2008) and THE Madonna delle Grazie: faith, art and tradition (2010)

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