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Clyde Sunderland

American, (1900–1989)
One of the premier aerial photographers in the nation, Clyde Sunderland mapped much of the Western states and documented the rise in commercial aviation after World War II during his illustrious career as an aviation photographer. Born in Oakland in 1900, Sunderland graduated from Oakland Technical High School. He also attended UC Berkeley where he studied Mechanical Engineering. Although photography was his hobby as early as 1915, Sunderland started his career as an animation moviemaker in the 1920’s. Photography quickly consumed his interests and he took a job as a commercial photographer covering important news stories for the Oakland Tribune for ten years before WW11. In 1931 he joined the Naval Reserve and was instrumental in setting up the first Reserve photography lab in the country. He was commissioned by Franklin D. Roosevelt to write a textbook and train naval photographers in 1939 and he taught at Pensacola until the end of the war. After the war, Sunderland returned to Oakland to turn his passion for photography and enthusiasm for flying into a highly successful career. Working as an aerial photographer for over 40 years, Clyde Sunderland headed the firm Sunderland Aerial Photographs based at Oakland International Airport until his retirement in 1966.

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