Michael Light

FULL MOON The Apollo Missions

October 17 – December 5, 2009

024, Southern Lunar Hemisphere, Homebound, Apollo 15, July 26-August 7, 1971, digital c-print, 39.5 x 39.5 inches
109, The Moon Seen From 1000 Miles, Showing Farside Highlands, Apollo 16, April 16-27, 1972, digital c-print, 39.5 x 39.5 inches
010, Edward White at 17,500 mph Over the Gulf of Mexico, Gemini 4, June 3, 1965, digital c-print, 24.5 x 24.5 inches
011, Stratocumulus Clouds 4,000 feet Above the Pacific Ocean, Apollo 17, December 7-19, 1972, ,digital c-print, 24.5 x 24.5 inches
012, Edward White Spacewalking Above the Texas Coastline, Gemini 4, June 3, 1965, digital c-print, 24.5 x 24.5 inches
025, The Ocean of Storms and the Known Sea, Apollo 16, April 16-27, 1972, digital c-print, 39.5 x 39.5 inches
041, Lunar Highlands and Terminator in Morning Sun, 70 Miles Altitude, Apollo 11, July 16-24, 1969, digital c-print, 24.5 x 24.5 inches
042, Command Module America From Lunar Module Challenger, Apollo 17, December 7-19, 1972, digital c-print, 24.5 x 24.5 inches
043, Lunar Module Intrepid Prepares for Descent, 69 Miles Altitude, Apollo 12, November 14-24, 1969, digital c-print, 24.5 x 24.5 inches
048, Post-Contact Lunar Soil, Imprinted for the Next 2 Million Years, Apollo 11, July 16-24, 1969, digital c-print, 24.5 x 24.5 inches
049, Alan Bean at Sharp Crater With the Handtool Carrier, Apollo 12, November 14-24, 1969, digital c-print, 24.5 x 24.5 inches
051, The Lunar Module Antares at Fra Mauro, Apollo 14, January 31-February 9, 1971, digital c-print, 24.5 x 24.5 inches
053, Edgar Mitchell Detonating Explosive Charge Attached to Seismometer Wire, Apollo 14, January 31-February 9, 1971, , digital c-print, 24.5 x 24.5 inches
058, Image of Charles Duke's Family on Lunar Surface, Apollo 16, April 16-27, 1972, digital c-print, 24.5 x 24.5 inches
070, David Scott Drives the First Lunar Rover; Note Aerial Navigation Photographs, Apollo 15, July 26-August 7, 1971, digital c-print, 24.5 x 24.5 inches
072, Hadley Rille: 80 Miles Long, 1 Mile Wide and 1000 Feet Deep, Apollo 15, July 26-August 7, 1971, digital c-print, 24.5 x 24.5 inches
078, The Lunar Module Challenger Seen With a 500mm Lens, 2 Miles Distant, Apollo 17, December 7-19, 1972, digital c-print, 24.5 x 24.5 inches
082, Composite of Harrison Schmitt at Shorty Crater; Note Orange Soil, Apollo 17, December 7-19, 1972, digital c-print, 48 x 96 inches
084, Composite of Eugene Cernan and the Lunar Rover At "Split Rock", Apollo 17, December 7-19, 1972, digital c-print, 48 x 96 inches
114, Whole Earth, Outbound, Apollo 17, December 7-19, 1972, digital c-print, 24.5 x 24.5 inches
118, Crescent Earth; Photographed by Robotic Camera, Apollo 4 (Unmanned), November 9, 1967, digital c-print, 24.5 x 24.5 inches
124, Sunset Over the Andes, Gemini 7, December 4-18, 1965, digital c-print, 24.5 x 24.5 inches

Press Release

MICHAEL LIGHT

FULL MOON: THE APOLLO MISSIONS

October 17 – December 5, 2009 Opening reception, October 17th, 5 – 8 pm

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 – the first landing on the Moon - Joseph Bellows Gallery is pleased to present FULL MOON: The Apollo Missions. The exhibition will feature photographs from Michael Light's book FULL MOON and will be on view from October 17th – December 5th, 2009. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 17th (5-8 pm).

From 1963 – 1972 NASA's Apollo program landed six missions on the moon and yielded a wealth of scientific data as well as 32,000 photographs. From 1995-2000, photographer Michael Light worked with NASA's archives to revisit and reexamine these photographs. Light's project culminated in a book and museum exhibition entitled FULL MOON. The book was published in six languages in 1999 (the American by Knopf, New York), and the museum exhibition opened concurrently that summer at London's Hayward Gallery and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The photographs from that show are now on permanent display at the American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center for Earth and Space in Manhattan. In the years since, FULL MOON has come to be considered the definitive visual statement on the Apollo photographic archive.

As a landscape photographer Michael Light is not only interested in the physical aspects of a place but also spaces where humans seem dwarfed by their natural surroundings, places where they confront powerful natural forces. To him the Moon was perfect subject. For FULL MOON, Light chose 129 of the 32,000 images from NASA's archives and wove them into a narrative that begins with launch and is followed by a walk in space, an orbit of the Moon, lunar landing and exploration, and a return to Earth. He focused on images that had not been seen before and aimed to create the effect of the viewer being in space by including views looking out the spacecrafts' windows and close-ups of the astronauts. He also shows us the sublime grandeur of the Moon itself. Close-up images show its surface details and textures while images shot from above reveal its vastness and mass. Light's selection and arrangement of these images lead the viewer on a thrilling journey to the Moon, and his project is imbued with the same sense of adventure and discovery inherent in the Apollo missions themselves.

The photographs in the exhibition are all made using latest in direct-digital photographic printing processes from Light's drum scans of NASA masters. Light scanned at beyond-film grain resolution to capture every bit of information in the masters, and together with the subtlety allowed by digital image processing, these prints offer unprecedented clarity, scale and precision. There is nothing like them available through any channel, including NASA.

Michael Light received his B.A from Amherst College and his M.F.A in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. His photographs are in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Getty Research Library, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ and the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA among others. In 2007 he received a John Simon Memorial Foundation Guggenheim Fellowship for Photography. He currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA.

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