Photographer cited, had drone confiscated for documenting Hart Island mass burials with his drone

George Steinmetz, whose aerial photography work appears in National Geographic and the New York Times, was cited for flying his drone over a massive burial ditch on Hart Island.

This past Tuesday, while documenting a burial ditch located on Hart Island, due to the alarming number of COVID-19 fatalities in New York City, Steinmetz’ drone was confiscated by the New York Police Department (NYPD) and he was issued a Desk Appearance Ticket. He was cited for violating NYC Administrative Code § 10–126, which prohibits the takeoff and landing of drones within New York City (NYC).

New York Winter from Above

“People think of the city as bricks and glass and steel, but it’s really like an organism,” the aerial photographer George Steinmetz says.

“People think of the city as bricks and glass and steel, but it’s really like an organism,” the aerial photographer George Steinmetz says. Steinmetz, who is a regular contributor to the magazine, last year captured New York City from above during each of the four seasons.

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This month’s cover story of National Geographic, about how to meet growing worldwide demand for food, is the story that got photographer George Steinmetz in trouble last June, and he’s still stinging from the experience. Caught in the political crossfire

“It was quite a surprise to me,” says Steinmetz, who is renowned for the beautiful aerial landscapes he shoots all over the world, and who is used to encounters with authorities. “I’ve been detained in Iran and Yemen, and questioned about spying, but never arrested. And then I get thrown in jail in America.”

Hearing Set in Arrest of Aerial Photographer George Steinmetz | PDNPulse

George Steinmetz, the National Geographic contributor known for the landscapes he captures from a motorized paraglider, faces a court hearing in Kansas this Thursday following his arrest on June 28 for criminal trespass after he flew over a cattle feedlot

“A photo is what’s going to punch you in the gut, it’s what makes you feel something,” Glascock says. “You don’t have someone’s lead stuck on your brain, you have images of the event. A lot of people have been using the Boston bombing as an example. There were a lot of cellphone pictures, but the ones you remember are by the staff photographers.”

Up in the Air

George Steinmetz‘s new exhibition and book, Desert Air, is the first comprehensive photographic collection of the world’s “extreme deserts”, which receive less than four inches of precipitation a year.  This body of work, culled from 15 years of shooting, takes the viewer from China’s Gobi Desert to the Sahara in northern Africa to Death Valley in California.

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TIME commissioned renowned aerial photographer and photojournalist George Steinmetz to document the effects of the drought in Texas, New Mexico, and Georgia. On his journey, Steinmetz quickly found that even in the driest sections of the country, the cliched idea of the bowl of cracked earth and dust was neither common nor representative of the crisis

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Flying in a motorized paraglider over one of the most diverse continents in the world, George Steinmetz captures the beauty of Africa's landscapes and people. His pictures show not only the patterns of the land, but also the potential and hope that the continent encompasses.

LOOK3 Preview: Goldin, Kratochvil, Vitali Headline Fest Curated by Kathy Ryan and Scott Thode

Substantial exhibitions of the work of Nan Goldin, Massimo Vitali and Antonin Kratochvil are the major highlights, and the three artists will also talk about their work, with Goldin appearing in a unique conversation with Sally Mann. In addition the festival will feature “Master’s Talks” and exhibitions by Christopher Anderson, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ashley Gilbertson, David Liitschwager, Steve McCurry, Mary Ellen Mark and Martin Bell, as well as a special exhibition of George Steinmetz photographs hung from trees in downtown Charlottesville.

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I've been holding onto my copy of the April 19th issue of the The New Yorker because of an image by George Steinmetz. It's the kind of image that is remarkable in so many ways, and I knew that there had to be a rich body of work behind it, and trust me, George's site is the motherload of stunning and compelling work.