Mary Meader Biography

aerial photographer
Died: March 16, 2008 (Kalamazoo, Michigan)
Best Known as: pioneering aerial photographer

Mary Meader was an aerial photographer who took some of the first pictures of parts of Africa and South America such as the ancient Nazca lines in Peru and the crater of Mount Kilimanjaro. She used a 20 pound camera to shoot the landscape out of airplane windows. Her photographs gave new perspectives of the world's native villages, the Pyramids of Egypt, and cities. Meader's photographs were shown at the Smithsonian Institute's National Air and Space Museum.