Generally the Apollo astronauts are hailed for being some of the greatest scientists, adventurers, explorers and heroes, but rarely are they portrayed as some of the most significant photographers of all time.
Four young guys, working together at an advertising agency in Amsterdam, searched for a book that would do justice to the images made by the Apollo astronauts. A book like this book just didn't seem to exist so they decided to make a book themselves!
At this presentation the creators of Apollo VII - XVII: The Book: Floris Heijne, Joel Meter, Simon Phillipson and Delano Steenmeyer will be interviewed by successful independent photographer Patricia Steur about the importance of these images and the making of this beautiful book.
About the book: Photography has become a crucial technique for documenting the history of mankind. The early exploration of space is one such historical event, unrivalled among humanity’s achievements. Fortunately, the skill and daring of a very particular group of ‘photographers’, the Apollo astronauts, were able to bring back beautiful, moving and instantly recognizable images. It is these images that created a new understanding to what it means to be human, living on this planet and its relation to the sun and the stars.
This book presents 225 of these photographs in large print format. Restoring imagery from the original scans of 70mm film rolls the astronauts shot during the program. The book contains a variety of images, ranging from shots taken through the windows of the Command Module of the specular views found on the Earth’s surface, surreal and abstract black and white photography of the lunar surface, to photographs of each of the 12 men in their space suits walking on the surface of the moon.
The book also has a unique and exclusive short essay written by Apollo 7 astronaut, Walt Cunningham, who flew on the very first manned Apollo mission. The essay focuses on his pioneering experimentation and testing of the Hasselblad camera that flew with him on board. It was his endeavours that created the foundations for his fellow Apollo astronauts.
There is also an additional chapter in the book showcasing the camera equipment, specifically adapted for the use in space.