2009-06-13 / Top News

Robert Cameron's Aerial Photography Is Subject of Exhibit

By Kerri Jo Molitor

The art exhibit at Grand Hotel displayed the aerial photography of Robert Cameron and a number of model ships from the collection of Jane and Richard Manoogian. Pictured (from left) are R. Daniel Musser, Jr., Mimi Cunningham, Amelia Musser, Marlee Brown Musser, and Dan Musser III. The art exhibit at Grand Hotel displayed the aerial photography of Robert Cameron and a number of model ships from the collection of Jane and Richard Manoogian. Pictured (from left) are R. Daniel Musser, Jr., Mimi Cunningham, Amelia Musser, Marlee Brown Musser, and Dan Musser III. Those who attended the opening reception for the Manoogian Art Exhibit at Grand Hotel last weekend were surprised to see two exhibits. One, "Above Mackinac," displayed the aerial photography of Robert Cameron, and the other was a collection of models of Great Lakes ships. Both exhibits can be viewed all summer at Grand Hotel and are on loan from the collection of Mr. Cameron's daughter, Jane, and her husband, Richard Manoogian.

The Musser family, which owns Grand Hotel, and the Manoogians hosted the reception Sunday, June 7, although the Manoogians were unable to attend.

"Above Mackinac" includes photographs of the Straits area, focusing on Mackinac Island, with mural-sized photographs displayed on the walls of the Grand Gallery.

Mr. Cameron, 98, was a news photographer for the Des Moines Register in 1933, but learned the art of aerial photography during World War II while taking photographs of Midwestern military installations under construction for the War Department.

He has published 22 "Above" books, focusing on cities and landscapes across the world. More than three million of his books are in print worldwide.

He now lives in San Francisco.

Mimi Cunningham, vice president at Grand Hotel, has had the opportunity to meet with Mr. Cameron multiple times.

"He's a very energetic and intelligent man," she said. "He gets very excited about his pictures. He's very handsome and he wears an ascot. He's a very sophisticated, very charming, wonderful man."

Grand Hotel has exhibited his work twice and has had several book signings for his "Above" books.

"It is a classic in our shop," she said. "It's timeless."

The ship models on display include the freighters Edmund Fitzgerald and Carl D. Bradley, the cruise ships South American and Greater Detroit, and the lightship Huron.

"It's wonderful," said Grand Hotel Chairman R. Daniel Musser, Jr. of the ship model exhibit. "I think it's delightful to have the boats here."

The exhibit will be on display in the Gallery off the main lobby until October. Visitors who are not staying at the hotel can see it by paying a $10 admission fee to the hotel.

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