Pittsburgh’s skyline is one of the most photogenic in the country. Day or night, images of the Golden Triangle’s towers bordered by the city’s rivers are striking.
Even before the current set of skyscrapers went up, photographers loved taking images of Pittsburgh from the air. For many of them, Pittsburgh has always been about scale.
We recently found at least seven folders in the PG’s archive — from 1930 to the 2000s — packed full of beautiful images of Pittsburgh from elevated angles. We’re sharing some of the best ones here.
And over the next few months, we’ll add more to this series.
For now, enjoy this sequence of images that shows the city from high above. Many were taken by Pittsburgh Press photographer Stewart Love, who was an expert in capturing such angles.
The Pittsburgh Press claimed that Stewart Love was the newspaper’s “aerial” photographer. Love’s pictures were published in publications such as Life, Time, Look and Saturday Evening Post. He made history with his camera and friends with his personality. “Stu,” as Stewart Love was known among his friends, loved Pittsburgh. Obviously, he was not the only one.
Andrew Carnegie said, “Pittsburgh entered the core of my heart when I was a boy and cannot be torn out.”
Wiz Khalifa echoed his statement a century later, “Just growing up in Pittsburgh and knowing different neighborhoods, having family there and just loving it, it’s like no other place.”
And Willie Stargell once said, “I would always reserve a special place in my heart for Pittsburgh.”
And so would we, and we hope, our readers would, too.
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