Hasselblad in Space
Wex Photo Video, London
20th May | 10:30-12:00 & 13:00-14:30
in association with Wex Photo Video
To help mark the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, Hasselblad presents the story of how a Hasselblad camera came to be the first camera on the moon; capturing the iconic images of the Apollo 11 astronauts taking their first ‘small steps’ on the lunar surface.
Hasselblad’s involvement with NASA started many years before this historic occasion, leading to a Hasselblad Data Camera with Reseau plate, fitted with a Zeiss Biogon 60mm ƒ/5.6 lens, being chosen for the all-important job of helping to document the Apollo 11 mission.
From prospective NASA astronaut, Walter Schirra, first purchasing a consumer Hasselblad camera to take with him on a space mission, Schirra captured the first Hasselblad space photographs, and thus began the first page of a new chapter in the history of Hasselblad, and a long, close and mutually beneficial cooperation between the giant American space agency and a small Swedish camera manufacturer.
Discover how this relationship resulted in Hasselblad cameras modified for use in space, and other iconic images captured by Hasselblad space cameras, such as the famous ‘Earth Rise’ image and the first ever space ‘selfie’.
As part of the presentation, there will be the rare opportunity to see one of the original Lunar training cameras, as used by the Apollo astronauts to train for their moon landing missions, and while this particular unit didn’t actually make it to the moon, it is similar to the twelve camera bodies left behind on the lunar surface from the Apollo 11 to Apollo 17 moon landing missions. Only the film magazines containing the momentous images were brought back, with the resulting photographs capturing the history of mankind in the making.
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