Photo: “The Outer Banks Near Kitty Hawk”

When we asked famed aviation photographer Russell Munson for his first contribution to Why Fly, he sent along this self-portrait.

“It visually summarizes the reasons I fly.” says Russ. “Freedom, beauty, perspective (both visual and mental).”

We couldn’t agree more.

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Copyright © 2009 Russell Munson

About the Photographer

Russell Munson’s commercial photography and writing has appeared in publications such as Time, Fortune, Money, Smithsonian Air & Space, and Flying magazines (where he is a Consulting Editor); and in books by Time-Life, Bantam, Ridge Press, Howell Press, Bantam, Dell, Scribner, Putnam, and Macmillan.

Russell wrote the complete text and photography for his book Skyward: Why Flyers Fly. He also photographed, wrote, narrated, and produced the best-selling DVD Flying Route 66. In addition to his advertising work, Russell’s fine art and aerial landscape photographs are in the collections of private collectors, museums, and corporations throughout the world.

He is probably best known for the extraordinary images he provided to his friend Richard Bach for their best-selling 1970’s phenomenon Jonathan Livingston Seagull (which had already sold 30 million copies by 1990!).

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