You've seen the iconic images of the first manned moon landing. Now, marvel at these recently-recovered, very first photographs of the lunar surface!
Before Neil Armstrong and his legendary crew made history as the first men on the moon, NASA sent a few unmanned missions there to help determine the appropriate landing sites for the Apollo program. Each of these spacecrafts housed a custom built 70mm Kodak camera which took photographs of the surface of the moon and then beamed them back to Earth. A number of these photographs were made public soon after, but the rest remained hidden, away from the public eye, until today.
“Extraterrestrial” is the third part to the ongoing “The Invisible Photograph” series by the Hilman Photography Initiative of the Carnegie Museum of Art. The 21-minute long video documents the entire process of recovering the photographs from the tapes from all five lunar missions during the late ’60s, just shortly before Apollo 11 landed in 1969. The story was pieced together through interviews with individuals from the small team that made up the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) led by Dennis Wingo and Keith Cowing, as well as archive footage that explained the purpose of the unmanned lunar missions.
Watch the entire video below:
All information in this article were sourced from “The Invisible Photograph” series by the Hilman Photography Initiative of the Carnegie Museum of Art.
Since Lomography launched its new Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens project on Kickstarter, we've been seeing a variety of pictures, from images of snow monkeys in Japan to behind-the-scenes shots of New York Fashion Week. Many of these pictures were shot with digital cameras, but we've yet to see how the Petzval 58 performs on an analog Canon Rebel camera loaded with black and white, and x-pro film. Join us on a trip through the heart of New York's Chinatown during the Lunar New Year Parade.
You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!
These images, said to be the first color photographs of Bali, Indonesia, were taken by National Geographic photographer Franklin Price Knott during a journey through Japan, China, the Philippines, Bali, and India back in 1927 at the age of 73.
Trek the globe without leaving the comforts of your own home by marveling at these breathtaking panoramas taken by our awesome lomographers in the community (also, find out how you can earn piggies and have your very own photographs be featured on the Online Shop)!
You are probably already familiar with our German Petzval LomoAmigo Steffen Böttcher, aka Stilpirat. He recently released his very first audio book about his adventures as photographer, "Abenteuer Fotografie," featuring the beautiful Petzval lens on the cover. Through this competition, our German-speaking community gets the chance to win three of his audio books as well as his photo book about Ghana. So what do you need to do? Show us your lomographic adventures!
When asked to recall the moment they first became truly interested in photography, most photographers would remember the magical feeling of picking up a hand-me-down or secondhand camera, the thrill of shooting an entire roll through, and the elation upon seeing and holding their first ever set of photographs. Caleb Savage, however, had quite a unique experience. At 10 years old, he had his first taste of working in the darkroom making prints at Boy Scout camp, thereby beginning a more than a decade-long affinity with photography.