Alfred Buckham

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Alfred George Buckham
Born(1879-11-06)6 November 1879
Died21 September 1956(1956-09-21) (aged 76)
Occupationaerial photography
"Aerial View of Edinburgh" by Buckham, c. 1920
Camera Craft Magazine Cover April 1937. Cover photo "The Terror of the Desert" by Buckham

Alfred George Buckham (6 November 1879 – 21 September 1956) was a British photographer who specialised in aerial photography.[1]


Buckham was born in London in 1879. He began his career in photography in 1905 and joined the Royal Naval Air Service as a reconnaissance photographer in 1917. He became the first head of aerial reconnaissance for the Royal Navy in the First World War and later a captain in the Royal Naval Air Service.[citation needed]

Buckham was involved in nine crashes, eight of which saw him relatively unscathed. After the ninth, however, he had to have a tracheotomy and breathed through a small pipe in his neck for the rest of his life. Despite this, he carried on his aerial photography career, often in very perilous conditions. He felt the best shots were made standing up, writing "If one's right leg is tied to the seat with a scarf or a piece of rope, it is possible to work in perfect security".[citation needed]


Buckham died in 1956, aged 76.[citation needed]


  • A Vision of Flight: The Aerial Photography of Alfred G. Buckham. Stroud, UK: The History Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-7524-4430-7.


  1. ^ "Alfred G Buckham aerial photos", The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 November 2017.