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Pulitzer-prize winning photographer Vincent Laforet is no stranger to heights. He spent the last year capturing nighttime images of cities around the world, thousands of feet above the ground.

His high-altitude aerial photos - taken while harnessed in a helicopter - are the subject of his new book called, "AIR."

Laforet described the photos as "magical."

"I think when you're in the middle of Fifth Avenue, you feel pretty small and insignificant - you see all of our differences. But when you're up there, the world feels much smaller, it feels much more within the reach and somehow you feel more connected ironically," Laforet said on "CBS This Morning" Monday.

"AIR" captures breathtaking views of more than 10 of the world's most iconic cities, including New York, Chicago, London, Barcelona, and more. NASA has called his photos "the next best things to being in an orbit." But Laforet said the photos are also indicative of the changing times.