While browsing an obscure auction of space artifacts in 2015, Andrew came across a canister containing a lunar orbiter negative used by NASA to study the features of the Moon’s surface. He acquired and brought it to the studio, which built a specialized rig to clean and photograph the oversized negative, then reconstructed the hundreds of single images into a seamless cosmic field. After creating a number of lunar maps the studio began purchasing duplicate Apollo negatives, photographing them, and reconstructing them digitally.
Orbiter photographs are now mid-century artifacts useful to the study of the earth and the origins of the solar system, precisely because of the ways the surface of the moon and earth differ and are similar. In this way, the Moon project reflects something about nature and our planet through differentiation and contrast. Rather than creating positives from the negatives, the studio kept the final images as negatives themselves, pointing both to the material history of the source objects and their original purpose for NASA.
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