Command module Charlie Brown

Michael Light obtained the master set of original negatives and transparencies from NASA, edited and printed them for his milestone book and exhibition, FULL MOON. Michael Light's far exceed the quality of all prints released by NASA at that time, as NASA released degraded quality copies -of-copies.

Signature: Signed verso

San Francisco MoMA

FULL MOON, Michael Light. Knopf 1999

About Michael Light

In his photography, Michael Light expresses a deeply human interest and awe at the technological developments of the Cold War era. Light was hired by NASA in the late 1960s to develop photography techniques for the Apollo missions, yielding images of both great scientific value and reverential allusion to the history of landscape imagery. Works such as Command module Charlie Brown (1969/1999) and Aldrin’s boot print, Apollo 11 (1969/1999) marvel at the technological accomplishments of the 20th century, while illustrating the smallness of mankind in the context of outer space. As Light explains, “Photographs give me an analog to my physical movement through space, sometimes more interesting than the actual experience.” He raises these images beyond simple analytic study to sophisticated aesthetic objects.

American, b. 1963, Florida, based in San Francisco, California

Solo Shows on Artsy

2013
Michael Light: Some Dry Space, Danziger Gallery, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Cosmos: Science and Perception, Vision Neil Folberg Gallery, Jerusalem
2015
Ian Ruhter and The New Pioneers, Danziger Gallery, New York
2015
Wonderful Lies - A Summer Show, Danziger Gallery, New York
2015
Another Landscape, Vision Neil Folberg Gallery, Jerusalem
2014
Equilibrium, Vision Neil Folberg Gallery, Jerusalem

Fair History on Artsy