The Van­der­sarl Blériot

Air & Space Smithsonian - - Reviews & Previews - By Javier Arango and Philip Makanna. Ghosts–san Fran­cisco, 2014. 123 pp., $30.

THIS CHARM­ING BOOK doc­u­ments the restora­tion of a Blériot mono­plane built by the Van­der­sarl broth­ers, Frank and Jules, near Den­ver, Colorado, in 1911. The re­stored air­plane was flown in 2012 by owner Javier Arango, co-au­thor of the book with Philip Makanna, whose lu­mi­nous pho­to­graphs dom­i­nate. Since his first book was pub­lished nearly 30 years ago, Makanna has set the stan­dard for airto-air shots. His dis­tinc­tive style—well-lit, full-frame, and sat­u­rated— has been widely em­u­lated. Com­pared to the ghostly archival shots in­cluded in his books, Makanna’s pho­tos seem to make the air­craft live. Lim­ited-edi­tion, signed books are avail­able at ghosts.com.

CARO­LINE SHEEN IS THE AIR & SPACE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY AND IL­LUS­TRA­TIONS EDI­TOR.

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