Synopses & Reviews
Through the stunning aerial photography of Bruce Forster, Above Portland
offers a unique and beautiful perspective on the picturesque region of Portland, Oregon and its surrounding areas. Flying high and low, the images take the reader on a memorable journey over all that the Portland region has to offer the bustling downtown and its world-renowned green architecture, the romantic Columbia and Willamette Rivers, the charming neighborhoods, the internationally admired transportation system, wine country, and mountains all of which come alive when viewed from above.
Along with the dramatic aerial photography, Above Portland features six topical essays written by local historians and experts essays on the history, architecture, urban planning, transportation and sustainability of Portland. Woven together with the breathtaking photography, these essays form a collaborative local voice, paying tribute to Portland and illuminating the many reasons it is a model for cities around the world.
Contributing Writers (essays)
- Mike Houck, Executive Director, Urban Greenspaces Institute
- Brian Libby, PortlandArchitecture.com
- Rob Bennett, Director, Portland Sustainability Institute
- Donald Stastny, StastnyBrun Architects
- Paddy Tillett, Zimmer Gunsul Fransca Architects
About the Author
Photographer Bruce Forster has been capturing compelling images of the way the world works for more than 35 years. After earning an MFA degree, Bruce Forster settled in Portland in 1970 and began building a substantial client base doing fine art, magazine, corporate, and architectural photography. Today, Bruce is one of the leading photographers in the Pacific Northwest.
Editor Chet Orloff is a historian, writer and professor in Portland, Oregon, and is known as "one of [Oregon's] favorite history teachers" by the Oregonian newspaper.