From 1961 until perpetuity.
We searched extensively for a book that featured these spectacular images, but all the books we encountered fell short of our expectations. They had either poor print quality, small image size, or text covering all of the pictures. This frustration ultimately led us to question "Why not create the book we desire ourselves?"
A meticulous process
This book presents 225 of these photographs in large print format. Restoring imagery from the original scans of 70mm film rolls the astronauts shot during the program. The book contains a variety of images, ranging from shots taken through the windows of the Command Module of the specular views found on the Earth’s surface, surreal and abstract black and white photography of the lunar surface, to photographs of each of the 12 men in their space suits walking on the surface of the moon.
The book also has a unique and exclusive short essay written by Apollo 7 astronaut, Walt Cunningham, who flew on the very first manned Apollo mission. The essay focuses on his pioneering experimentation and testing of the Hasselblad camera that flew with him on board. It was his endeavors that created the foundations for his fellow Apollo astronauts.
Additionally, we visited the Hasselblad archives in Sweden, allowing us to delve into the company's collaboration with NASA engineers to tell their story in the book on how they developed the pioneering camera technology used by the astronauts to capture these incredible images that changed the world.
The good old days’
"Photography is but one area of activity that has shown amazing improvements as space exploration has evolved over the past 50 years. In the ‘good old days’ of the Apollo program, we started improving the capability of doing space photography. We had the pleasure of carrying a Hasselblad 500C camera modified for use in space with an 80mm lens and nine magazines holding about 500 frames of 70mm film...
...We trained with the Hasselblad camera for two years prior to our first Apollo launch. We used it at home and in our office but we also carried it with us when flying our T-38s around the country for training and engineering activities. It was not a particularly conveniently sized camera for our small T-38 cockpits but we did enjoy this part of our training activities...
...It was a real privilege and honor to be able to go up there and bring back some of these images that I can share with you and the rest of the world.
Brought back to life
The result is a large number of previously unseen Apollo photographs with unparalleled detail, color, and print quality.
As we worked on restoring these photographs, we realized that they should not only be displayed in a beautifully bound coffee table book, but also proudly displayed on walls. That's why we created Apollo Photo Prints, making the highest quality Apollo imagery for a fair price available to anyone, anywhere in the world.
A journey to the stars
Our goal is to continue restoring and showcasing forgotten space photographs and stories. If you have any suggestions for photographs or missions, please let us know.