William Anders (American, b. 1933)
Earthrise, Apollo 8, December 1968. NASA HQ caption on separate page. Large-format vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper with 'A Kodak Paper' watermark on the verso, image size 20 1/4 x 24 in. (51.3 x 60.8 cm), unmatted.
Condition: Minor handling crimps u.c. and c.l., creases to l.r. corner of sheet, wear and discoloration along top edges, and possible repairs at corners of sheet.
N.B. Prints of this size, showing the celebrated view of planet Earth rising above the bleached lunar horizon, are exceptionally rare and were very expensive to produce. The crew had completed three lunar orbits before emerging from the far side and witnessing this sight, surely one of the most astounding ever photographed. Bill Anders has described it thus: 'We'd spent all our time on Earth training about how to study the Moon, how to go to the Moon; it was very lunar orientated. And yet when I looked up and saw the Earth coming up on this very stark, beat-up lunar horizon, an Earth that was the only color that we could see, a very fragile-looking Earth, a very delicate looking Earth, I was immediately almost overcome by the thought that here we came all this way to the Moon, and yet the most significant thing we're seeing is our own home planet, the Earth' (Poole, p. 2). The NASA negative number is AS8-14-2383.
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