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Photographs of the Flight over Mount Everest

DATES January 15, 1934 through February 4, 1934
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  • January 14, 1934: The first showing in America of a large series of photographs from the Times, London, will be presented at the Brooklyn Museum from January 16th through February 4th. The exhibition has been arranged for America through Dr. William Henry Fox, Director of the Brooklyn Museum. The first section of the exhibition, "Britain Illustrated", represents the work of staff photographers of the Times, taken chiefly as a part of their day's ordinary routine. Except for having been enlarged, these photographs are exactly as they were originally taken. Their extraordinary charm is due, equally, to the beautiful subject matter and to the swift judgment of the photographer who realized the possibility of the scene. Dr. Fox believes the photographs to convey the charm of England to an extraordinary degree. There are scenes of historic places, events of world interest, and charming views of the English countryside at various seasons of the year. Considerable interest will be found in the photograph taken at Convent Garden, during a ballet performance by Mme. Anna Pavlowa.

    The second section of the exhibition is a series of photographs taken during the course of the epoch making "Flight over Mt. Everest”. Some of the finest examples of high altitude aerial photography ever achieved are included. In the course of this flight the aeroplanes, piloted by Lord Clydesdale and Flight Lieutenant D.F. McIntyre in a flight of one and a half hours, travelled one hundred and sixty miles from their base camp and at a height of thirty-two thousand feet passed over the crest of Everest with less than five hundred feet to spare. The chief observer, Lt. Col. L.V. Stewart Blacker, exposed most of the plates from which these prints were made. The difficulties surmounted in achieving these remarkable photographs were great. The photographer was obliged to stand up in the cockpit of the ship in a wind of approximately one hundred and twenty miles an hour and a temperature of about 40 degrees centigrade. His movements were further hampered by an electrically heated costume, an oxygen mask and goggles, and he was further, connected to the pilot by telephone leads and to the machine with many heating leads and oxygen pipes. A number of the Mt. Everest photographs were made possible through the use of the infra-red process. One of the first photographs taken with this new development is included in another part of the exhibition, "The French Coast from Dover.”

    The exhibition includes over a hundred and fifty photographs and it will be shown in the Print Galleries of the Museum and will be opened by Sir. Willmott Lewis, Washington correspondent of the London Times, at a preview on Monday afternoon, January 15th. The exhibition later will go on a tour of a number of the principal cities of the United States.

    A number of prints, reproductions of these photographs, have been made by the Museum and are available to the press

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1931 - 1936. 1934, 001. View Original