Continuing on from the previous post about an auction in NYC at Swann Galleries titled “The Knowing Eye – Photographs and Photobooks” on April 19th 2018 is this fascinating archive of over 1,500 images of NASA photographs relating to the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo Missions.

The archive consists of ferrotyped silver prints approx 19 x 24cm, most with captions. Dating from 19961-1972.

It is:
“An extraordinary visual record of the U.S.’s remarkable space program, notably its halcyon days resulting in numerous “firsts,” including the first American to orbit the Earth (John Glenn), the first spacewalk (Ed White), and the first man to step foot on the moon (Neil Armstrong), among others. The collection features images of heroic astronauts, scientists, and engineers associated with the numerous missions from 1961-1972, the first eleven years of manned missions. Highlights include photographs depicting liftoff, astronauts floating in space, Earthrise, capsules “rendezvousing,” the dark side of the moon, and the lunar surface, including the moon walk and lunar rover.

The collector who compiled the archive was employed by a national picture agency. During this pre-digital period, more photographs were made available to news outlets than were required. Once the demand for images of an event diminished, excess photographic prints were typically destroyed. This collection contains press prints that were saved from destruction” 

What an extraordinary group of images….wish I was closer to be able to view the archive before It is sold.

Neil Armstrong, On Tranquility Base
Neil Armstrong, On Tranquility Base

 

Lift Off of Saturn V, with Apollo 13
Lift Off of Saturn V, with Apollo 13
Commander Jim Lovell, pre departure Apollo 13
Commander Jim Lovell, pre departure Apollo 13