Aerial Photographers at Hendon Aerodrome, Barnet, Greater London

Aerial Photographers at Hendon Aerodrome, Barnet, Greater London
Photograph taken 1919 © Historic England Archive ref: afl03_aerofilms_c12930

"Wills, Shaw and Friese-Greene Ready to Film". This was a publicity shot for the foundation of the Aerofilms aerial photography company. It was taken at the London Aerodrome, Hendon. Francis Lewis Wills was a former Royal Naval Air Service Observer and co-founder of Aerofilms. Claude Friese-Greene, holding the cine-camera, was technical director for Aerofilms in its early days, but is best known as a pioneering cinematographer. We know very little about Shaw, the pilot, probably an AirCo employee.