U.S. Geological Survey and NASA, Surveyor III. Surface of the Moon, Day 319, W-F. 1967

U.S. Geological Survey and NASA, Surveyor III Surface of the Moon, Day 319, W-F 1967

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By collaging together individual photographs of small sections of the moon’s surface, the U.S. Geological Survey and NASA created this handcrafted topographical map two years before the first spaceflight landed humans on the moon. Though it was assembled expressly for scientific purposes, the map recalls the artistic practices of photomontage and collage and demonstrates that even the most functional uses of photography may result in compellingly conceptual, aesthetic compositions.

Additional text from Seeing Through Photographs online course, Coursera, 2016
Cut and stapled gelatin silver prints with ink and gouache on diazotype
14 1/2 × 30 3/8" (36.9 × 77.1 cm)
John Parkinson III Fund
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