William Preston Mayfield

 7/20/1896 - 1/14/1974

Inducted 1999

William Preston Mayfield was the personal photographer of the Wright Brothers. He recorded Dayton’s history as a news cameraman for the Dayton Daily News. His commercial work showed the development of the Midwest through photographs of buildings, street scenes, traction cars, etc. He was the first American aerial photographer, and his aerial cameras recorded the rise of industry, the expansion of cities, the construction of the interstate highway system and many aviation firsts. He produced over 100,000 images in a 65 year career, chronicling his times. Many of Mayfield’s photographs still serve as invaluable historical records as well as elegant artistic images.