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Michael Collins (American, b. 1930)

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American & European Works of Art - 3048M
Date / Time :
November 02, 2017 10:00AM


Michael Collins (American, b. 1930)
Lunar Module Eagle and Earthrise, Apollo 11, July 1969. Large-format vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper with 'A Kodak Paper' watermark on the verso, image/sheet size 11 x 14 in. (27.7 x 35.5 cm), unmatted.
Condition: Cracks in the emulsion at the sheet corners, subtle handling creases l.l.

N.B. On Apollo 11, Michael Collins became the only person in history to capture a photograph showing every human being in the universe (including the two astronauts in Eagle) except himself. He recalled: 'Little by little, they grew closer, steady, as if on rails, and I thought 'What a beautiful sight,' one that had to be recorded. As I reached for my Hasselblad, suddenly the Earth popped up over the horizon, directly behind Eagle. I could not have staged it any better, but the alignment was not of my doing, just a happy coincidence. I suspect a lot of good photography is like that, some serendipitous happenstance beyond the control of the photographer. But at any rate, as I clicked away, I realized that for the first time, in one frame, appeared three billion earthlings, two explorers, and one moon. The photographer, of course, was discreetly out of view' (Jacobs, p. 65). The NASA negative number is AS11-44-6642.

Literature: Thomas, p. 206.
Estimate $4,000-6,000

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hasselblad, Kodak, Apollo 11, Apollo 8, Apollo program, Chromogenic, Earthrise, Economy of the United States, Environment, Industrial processes, Photographic processes, Photography, Spaceflight