Stunning or Failures? We Chose 30 Imperfect Photographs from the Apollo Archive.

When NASA went to the Moon, digital cameras didn’t exist and therefore exposures of the Lunar landscape had to be caught on film. Recently a team tasked with the preservation of the Apollo mission films uploaded the entire collection of images to Flickr. Among the 2400+ images are a surprisingly large amount of failed frames consisting of light leaks, over exposures, sticky labels and motion blur. Despite being redundancies, they carry with them an abstract beauty and a feeling of realness. NASA didn’t send photographers to the Moon, they sent astronauts and the vernacular feel to the plethora of pictures they brought back works as a surprising twist to a journey that is drifting further into our past.

Phogotraphy spent some time picking through the archive and choosing the thirty best ‘Imperfect Apollo’ frames we could find to share with you. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

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All images downloaded and used under creative commons license from NASA.

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8 thoughts on “Stunning or Failures? We Chose 30 Imperfect Photographs from the Apollo Archive.

  1. chrishatherill October 5, 2015 / 12:20 pm

    So glad to see I’m not the only one who loves and appreciates these (unintentionally) beautiful images!

    We did a project a little while back looking at the wider archive (was much harder before the transfer to Flickr) and the lesser seen images (http://www.super-collider.com/apollo77) but it was always these imperfect ones that I was drawn to.

    So we’ve done a book of these that should be out soon – I’d be happy to send you a copy if you’re interested.

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  2. None November 23, 2015 / 9:56 pm

    and you thought an elite camera held in elite hands can’t make a mistake?
    huh! 😉

    Like

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