'APOLLO - 11, 9:32 A. M. 7-16-69 MAIDEN VOYAGE TO THE MOON'
dye-transfer print, flush-mounted to stretched canvas, framed, signed and editioned 'AP' in pencil, and with the photographer's title and copyright/reproduction rights stamps, dated in blue crayon, on the reverse, 1969, artist's proof in addition to the edition of 20
38 by 29¾ in. (96.5 by 75.6 cm)
This dye-transfer, with rich, saturated color, is in generally excellent condition. There are a few scattered areas of retouching in the lower right quadrant that are slightly discolored and a very faint scratch along the lower left edge, visible only under very close examination. This photograph is laid down to canvas that is slightly slack on the stretcher bars, giving the photograph a gently rippled appearance although it appears to still be fully adhered to the canvas. The extreme lower left corner and edges are slightly worn where the photograph has been in contact with the acrylic box frame. The edges of the canvas are slightly soiled overall.
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Gift of the photographer, 1992
'One Giant Leap,' Harper's Bazaar, Vol. 102, Issue 3094, September 1969, p. 197
Richard Avedon, ed., Hiro: Photographs (Boston, 1999), unpaginated
When the lunar mission Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy on 16 July 1969, the global space race was at a fever pitch. As a staff photographer at Harper’s Bazaar, HIRO originally pitched documenting the event for the magazine but, as there was no clear fashion angle, he ultimately conceived of this image as a personal project. In a later letter explaining the origins of the image, HIRO wrote, ‘As I planned how to execute this photograph, I came to the realization that there would be an enormous amount of worldwide publicity connected with this event and that I would have to approach this in a unique way in order to come up with original results. I came to the conclusion that to me, man’s voyage to the moon represented the culmination of human energy. In order to capture this energy I chose to use infrared film which records the presence of heat. As a result the photograph has an eerie quality, a surreal ambience. This is one of my favorite photographs of all time. . . I was finally able to convince Harper’s Bazaar to run the photograph as an editorial page.'
This year marks the 50th anniversary of this historic event.