Space Steps: The Moon and Beyond

  • Free Fall Training

    by Monica Alcazar-Duarte

  • Buzz Aldrin Carrying Experimental Packages

    by NASA

  • Astronaut White Floats in Zero Gravity

    by NASA

Space Steps: The Moon and Beyond

Open: 5 July - 29 September 2019. Location: RPS House, Bristol

The Royal Photographic Society is pleased to announce Space Steps: The Moon and Beyond an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing - one of humankind's most extraordinary adventures. On 20 July 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin (‘Buzz’) Aldrin became the first men to set foot on the surface of the Moon. Space Steps commemorates this incredible milestone and will open to the public on Friday 5 July.

Space Steps: The Moon and Beyond explores the journey of Apollo 11, illustrated by some of the most remarkable and iconic images ever captured on film. The exhibition traces the story of the earlier Mercury and Gemini space missions and the Apollo programme up to 1969, also paying tribute to the crucial role that women played in the Apollo space programme. 

Recognising the importance of space exploration today and providing a contemporary focus, the exhibition will present Ascension, an interactive installation by Mexican-British photographer Monica Alcazar-Duarte, exploring how space scientists working in facilities across Europe, are engaging in a new space race.

Also on display are two very rare cameras associated with the historic moon landings. From 5 - 7 July the RPS will display the Hasselblad HDC space camera lent by Hasselblad AB, Sweden on its only UK showing. Visitors will be able to see up close one of the original cameras used by the Apollo astronauts during their training programme.

For the duration of the exhibition film producer Keith Haviland will be loaning a special Hasselblad camera. Keith comments “this Hasselblad was personally selected by astronaut Wally Schirra for his flight on Mercury-Atlas 8. It is particularly important because it took the first high-quality photographs from Earth orbit, showing us images of a single, fragile planet without borders. Such images of a unified Earth had a profound effect on the astronauts and on people back on Earth. It also began a long association between Hasselblad and the American space program."

Space Steps: The Moon and Beyond is curated by Deborah Ireland, whose recent book ‘Hasselblad and the Moon Landing’ explores the relationship between photography and space.

Debbie Ireland said “The 1969 moon landing was the culmination of nearly ten years of sustained effort by NASA. For those who saw those first pictures it was a momentous occasion, inspiring the general public and a new generation of scientists. Some fifty years later, man is embarking on a new era of space exploration to the moon, Mars and beyond which is already exciting people today. Space Steps aims to remind people of that journey, the excitement that the Apollo 11 mission generated and to look into the future.”

We have a packed programme of talks, workshops and special events which will be held over the duration of this exhibition. To view and book now visit Space Steps events.

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The RPS gallery is open Thursday to Sunday and Bank Holidays:
Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday 11am - 7pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 10am – 5pm   
Bank Holidays: 10am - 5pm

Admission prices:
£7.00 Standard
Free RPS members (with valid membership card)
Free Under 18s*
£5.00 Concessions (full-time students, unemployed, over 65s, disabled and carer)*
£5.00 Attendees at a Society workshop, distinction event or other RPS House event on the day*
*proof of eligibility required

The Royal Photographic Society
RPS House
337 Paintworks
Bristol, BS4 3AR

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