- Great Comet of 1882, David Gill © South African Astronomical Observatory
- Solar Prominence, Palomar Observatory, California, 1946 © The Carnegie Observatories
- The first space photograph on colour film, Bill Miller, Mount Wilson Observatory, California, 1958 © David Malin Images/Caltech
- Photograph of the Earth, Apollo 17 Mission, December1972 © NASA/Johnson Space Center, courtesy Mike Gentry
- Helix Nebula, infrared image by Spitzer space telescope, 2007 © NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona
With 150 photographs, the exhibition offers a unique glimpse into the history of space photography: from early black and white images of passing comets photographed in the 19th century and the first photograph of the whole planet with the dark universe as a backdrop, to the colour-saturated pictures that modern, high-performance telescopes deliver from the depths of our galaxy.
There is hardly any other genre where the photographic medium has distanced itself so much from human perception as in the case of space photography. Space probes such as Galileo or Voyager 2, telescopes such as Hubble and Spitzer, carry out photographic explorations of space in regions that are, as yet, inaccessible for humanity. Fantastical images that are hidden to our normal eyes are produced with the help of low and high frequency radiation, like infra-red or x ray waves.
The exhibition was curated by Jay Belloli for the California/International Arts Foundation, Los Angeles, California. Complementing it, WestLicht is showing photos of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission.
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