Memories from the skies. Aerophotography documentation 1932-1985

By Fundación ICA, A.C.

Fundación ICA

See the permanence and transformation of Mexico City’s neighbourhoods through six decades of documentation by Compañía Mexicana Aerofoto (Mexican Aerophotography Company), current photographs and cartography on the location of the most iconic neighbourhoods of Mexico’s capital.

Vista Panorámica Reforma (1943) by Compañía Mexicana AerofotoFundación ICA, A.C.

Introduction

This exhibition is comprised of aerial images, historical and current, where one can appreciate the changes in Mexico City from 1932 to the present day. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Federal District, as the capital was officially named at the time, had 300 thousand inhabitants, considerably less than the 20 million people who currently live in this city and its metropolitan area. This portrait of 42 areas of the city conveys the transformations of a landscape that used to fit within 27 km2 and nowadays encompasses more than a thousand. This exhibition includes images from our Aerophotography Collection, produced by the Mexican Aerophotography Company. It is an overview of this modern city's evolution; in other words, it shows the city's layout through its urban transformations. These have also been captured by Canon Ambassador and photographer Salvador Carmona, whose aerial shots allow us to appreciate our city's changes through the years.

Un Hogar Para Nosotros (1952) by Compañía Mexicana AerofotoOriginal Source: http://www.fundacion-ica.org.mx/colecciones_digitalizadas

Un Hogar para Nosotros

National Teacher’s College Oblique Aerophotography Collection

Colonia Un Hogar Para Nosotros, Salvador Carmona, 2015, From the collection of: Fundación ICA, A.C.
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Tabacalera (1935) by Compañía Mexicana AerofotoOriginal Source: http://www.fundacion-ica.org.mx/colecciones_digitalizadas

Tabacalera

Monument to the Revolución and Constitución Square, Tabacalera neighbourhood Date: 1935 Oblique Aerophotography Collection

Colonia Tabacalera, Salvador Carmona, 2015, From the collection of: Fundación ICA, A.C.
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Lindavista (1958-10-25) by Compañía Mexicana AerofotoOriginal Source: http://www.fundacion-ica.org.mx/colecciones_digitalizadas

Lindavista

San Cayetano Church and Miguel Alemán Sports Centre, Lindavista neigbourhood Date: October 1958 Oblique Aerophotography Collection

Colonia Lindavista, Salvador Carmona, 2015, From the collection of: Fundación ICA, A.C.
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Villa Gustavo A. Madero (1952) by Compañía Mexicana AerofotoOriginal Source: http://www.fundacion-ica.org.mx/colecciones_digitalizadas

Villa Gustavo A. Madero

Former Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Villa Gustavo A. Madero neigbourhood Date: 1952 Oblique Aerophotography Collection

Colonia Villa Gustavo A. Madero, Salvador Carmona, 2015, From the collection of: Fundación ICA, A.C.
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Guerrero (1954) by Compañía Mexicana AerofotoOriginal Source: http://www.fundacion-ica.org.mx/colecciones_digitalizadas

Guerrero

Latinoamericana Tower, Bank of Mexico, Postal Palace, Palace of Fine Arts and Central Alameda, Guerrero Date: May 1954 Oblique Aerophotography Collection

Colonia Guerrero, Salvador Carmona, 2015, From the collection of: Fundación ICA, A.C.
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Nueva Industrial Vallejo (1967) by Compañía Mexicana AerofotoOriginal Source: http://www.fundacion-ica.org.mx/colecciones_digitalizadas

Nueva Industrial Vallejo

National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico, Zacatenco Unit, Nueva Industrial Vallejo Date: October 1967 Oblique Aerophotography Collection

Colonia Nueva Industrial Vallejo, Salvador Carmona, 2015, From the collection of: Fundación ICA, A.C.
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Polanco (1964) by Compañía Mexicana AerofotoOriginal Source: http://www.fundacion-ica.org.mx/colecciones_digitalizadas

Polanco

National Conservatory of Music, (built by ICA) and Anillo Periferico beltway Adolfo López Mateos Boulevard, Polanco Date: August 1964 Oblique Aerophotography Collection

Colonia Polanco, Salvador Carmona, 2015, From the collection of: Fundación ICA, A.C.
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Pueblo de Santa Úrsula Coapa (1967) by Compañía Mexicana AerofotoOriginal Source: http://www.fundacion-ica.org.mx/colecciones_digitalizadas

Village of Santa Úrsula Coapa

Azteca Stadium, Anillo Periferico beltway Adolfo López Mateos Boulevard, Village of Santa Úrsula Coapa Date: October 1967 Oblique Aerophotography Collection

Pueblo de Santa Úrsula Coapa, Salvador Carmona, 2015, From the collection of: Fundación ICA, A.C.
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Molino del Rey (1961) by Compañía Mexicana AerofotoOriginal Source: http://www.fundacion-ica.org.mx/colecciones_digitalizadas

Molino del Rey neigbourhood

Petroleum Fountain, Súper Servicio Lomas shopping centre. Currently Virreyes Tower, Molino del Rey Date: October 1961 Oblique Aerophotography Collection

Colonia Molino del Rey, Salvador Carmona, 2015, From the collection of: Fundación ICA, A.C.
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Hipódromo (1932) by Compañía Mexicana AerofotoOriginal Source: http://www.fundacion-ica.org.mx/colecciones_digitalizadas

Hipódromo

Mexico Park and Aristos Complex Date: 1932 Oblique Aerophotography Collection

Hipódromo, Salvador Carmona, 2015, From the collection of: Fundación ICA, A.C.
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Del Valle (1949) by Compañía Mexicana AerofotoOriginal Source: http://www.fundacion-ica.org.mx/colecciones_digitalizadas

Colonia del Valle

Presidente Alemán Urban Centre, Colonia Del Valle neigbourhood Date: September 1949 Oblique Aerophotography Collection

Colonia del Valle, Salvador Carmona, 2015, From the collection of: Fundación ICA, A.C.
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Xoco (1963) by Compañía Mexicana AerofotoOriginal Source: http://www.fundacion-ica.org.mx/colecciones_digitalizadas

Xoco Village

Río Churubusco and Coyoacán Gardens, Xoco Village Date: September 1963 Oblique Aerophotography Collection

Colonia Xoco, Salvador Carmona, 2015, From the collection of: Fundación ICA, A.C.
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Colonia La Raza (1946) by Compañía Mexicana AerofotoOriginal Source: http://www.fundacion-ica.org.mx/colecciones_digitalizadas

La Raza

La Raza, Azcapotzalco Municipality Date: June 1946 Oblique Aerophotography Collection

Colonia La Raza, Salvador Carmona, 2015, From the collection of: Fundación ICA, A.C.
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Colonia National Autonomous University of Mexico (1954) by Compañía Mexicana AerofotoOriginal Source: http://www.fundacion-ica.org.mx/colecciones_digitalizadas

National Autonomous University of Mexico

Campus and Olympic Stadium, University City Date: January 1954 Oblique Aerophotography Collection

UNAM, Salvador Carmona, 2015, From the collection of: Fundación ICA, A.C.
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Verónica Anzures (1968) by Compañía Mexicana AerofotoOriginal Source: http://www.fundacion-ica.org.mx/colecciones_digitalizadas

Verónica Anzures neigbourhood

Euzkadi Rubber Company Headquarters, Verónica Anzures neigbourhood Date: April 1968 Oblique Aerophotography Collection

Colonia Verónica Anzures, Salvador Carmona, 2015, From the collection of: Fundación ICA, A.C.
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Granada (1955) by Compañía Mexicana AerofotoOriginal Source: http://www.fundacion-ica.org.mx/colecciones_digitalizadas

Granada

General Motors of Mexico Plant, Granada Date: August 11th, 1955. Oblique Aerophotography Collection

Colonia Granada, Salvador Carmona, 2015, From the collection of: Fundación ICA, A.C.
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Granjas México (1968) by Compañía Mexicana AerofotoOriginal Source: http://www.fundacion-ica.org.mx/colecciones_digitalizadas

Granjas México

Sports City, Magdalena Mixhuca and Hermanos Rodríguez Racetrack, Granjas México Date: abril 1968 Oblique Aerophotography Collection

Colonia Granjas México, Salvador Carmona, 2015, From the collection of: Fundación ICA, A.C.
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Tacubaya (1933) by Compañía Mexicana AerofotoOriginal Source: http://www.fundacion-ica.org.mx/colecciones_digitalizadas

Tacubaya

Ermita Building and Cinema, Tacubaya Date: 1933 Oblique Aerophotography Collection

Colonia Tacubaya, Salvador Carmona, 2015, From the collection of: Fundación ICA, A.C.
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Santa María la Ribera (1933) by Compañía Mexicana AerofotoOriginal Source: http://www.fundacion-ica.org.mx/colecciones_digitalizadas

Santa María la Ribera

Moorish Kiok, Santa María La Rivera Date: 1933 Oblique Aerophotography Collection

Santa María la Ribera, Salvador Carmona, 2015, From the collection of: Fundación ICA, A.C.
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