Aerial Views of Baton Rouge examines Fonville Winans’ 1947 aerial photographs, featuring sites and locations that were later listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Fonville Winans was an American photographer whose legacy included photographing the people, landscape, culture, and essence of south Louisiana. In the late 1940s, Fonville’s repertoire grew to include documenting the expansion of the city of Baton Rouge as taken from a small private airplane. Although these works are not as well known as his portraits and swamp scenes, Fonville shot over 400 frames of the city, including areas along Park Boulevard, Florida Boulevard, downtown Baton Rouge, and the LSU campus from his aerial vantage point.
Exhibition images are courtesy of Louisiana State University, Special Collections; Southern Photographic Images, Stephen Kleinpeter; and East Baton Rouge Parish Library Digital Archives.