Dean Conger (American, b. 1927)
Alan Shepard back from space with his Freedom 7 capsule aboard the carrier USS Lake Champlain, Mercury-Redstone 3, May 1961. Stamped "D4C 6493" on the verso u.r., 1967 McDonnell Douglas stamp on the verso u.l. Vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper with "A Kodak Paper" watermark on the verso, image size 8 x 10 1/2 in. (20.3 x 26.5 cm),unmatted.
Condition: Subtle yellowing to sheet.
N.B. Alan Shepard's first words after the mission were "Man, what a ride!" A half hour after liftoff, the space pioneer came triumphantly aboard the carrier Lake Champlain after the pickup helicopter had deposited his capsule on deck. Dean Conger was one of the National Geographic Society's most famous photographers. He was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year three times during the 1950s and Magazine Photographer of the Year in the 1962 Pictures of the Year competition.
Literature: National Geographic, September 1961, pp. 440-41; Life, May 12, 1961, pp. 17-18.
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