Guywires, antennae and negotiations: AP’s photo director explains how the news agency took aerial shots of former President George H. W. Bush lying in state in the U. S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington.
It’s a striking perspective of a powerful moment: the arrival of the flag-draped casket of former President George H. W. Bush in the U. S. Capitol Rotunda, surrounded by family members and dignitaries, captured from a dizzying height near the top of the dome.
The shot was made possible by a guywire, antennae, collaboration with the Architect of the Capitol and months of negotiations between The Associated Press and the Capitol.

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