carolyn russo uncovers the architectural art of the airport tower carolyn russo uncovers the architectural art of the airport tower
nov 25, 2015

carolyn russo uncovers the architectural art of the airport tower

carolyn russo uncovers the architectural art of the airport tower
(above) edinburgh airport, scotland, united kingdom (EDI/EGPH)




often the first impression travelers have when they reach a new destination is the airport they land in. smithsonian photographer carolyn russo takes us on a photographic journey around the world — right from the place she lands at. the exhibition ‘art of the airport tower’ at the smithsonian’s national air and space museum in washington, DC explores the architecture of both contemporary and historic air traffic control centers.


abstractly cropped within the frame, the landmarks are revealed in their varied forms and functions, interpreted as symbols of artistic expression and testimonies of technological change. each of the 50 images presented for the exhibition tell a unique story about its airport, community, and culture, which still play play a pivotal role in the vast skyward network that brings people across the world closer together.

birmingham airport, united kingdom (BHX/EGBB)

dubai international, united arab emirates (DXB/OMDB)

united arab emirates (AUH/OMAA)

stockholm-arlanda airport, sweden (ARN/ESSA)

laguardia airport, new york, united states


abu dhabi international airport, united arab emirates (AUH/OMAA) 

dubai world central-al maktoum international airport, united arab emirates (DWC/OMDW)

oslo airport, norway (OSL/ENGM)

ronald reagan washington national airport, virginia, united states (DCA/KDCA)

edwards air force base, california, united states (EDW/KEDW)

fort worth alliance airport, texas, united states (AFW/KAFW)

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