A primary function of art and thought is to liberate the individual from the tyranny of his culture in the environmental sense and to permit him to stand beyond it in an autonomy of perception and judgment.-Beverly Sills
Mount Wilson Observatory, M33, Triangulum Spiral Nebula, 05/08/1910, United States, Labeled.
Vintage silver print
Tony Beradi, In Chicago today the shadow of the moon blacked out 90 percent of the sun, 30/06/1954, United States. Vintage silver print.
At 6:03 a.m. in Chicago today the shadow of the moon blacked out 90 percent of the sun. It started as the sun rose at 5:17 and the shadow grew til all but a small part of the sun’s surface was bolted out. After the maximum shadow was reached the sun emerged minute by minute until it showed it’s full circle at 6:59 a.m.
Brassaï - Hospices de Beaune (1951)
Henry Brothers (Frères), Photographique d’une région Lunaire, 1886, France.
lbumen print from “La Photographie astronomique à l’Observatoire de Paris et la carte du ciel, 1887”
Provenance: Robert H. Steinbacher
Mariner 9 images revealed the north polar cap, composed of water and carbon dioxide ice
Image above: Carl Störmer with an auroral camera, together with his assistant Bernt Johannes Birkeland, during daytime preparations for night-time auroral photography at Talvik during the first Bossekop expedition. The photograph was taken on 25 February 1910 by Anders Beer Wilse, a travelling professional photographer.
Photograph courtesy Norsk Folkemuseum, Oslo, negative number NFWB 02901
Image below: Page from an album of auroral photographs obtained during Carl Störmer’s first expedition to Bossekop in northern Norway. It shows a sequence of images of quiet and rayed auroral arcs, together with other less distinct forms, obtained on the night of 3-4 March 1910. The camera employed an objective lens by Ernemann of Dresden, adopted from a small children’s cine-camera, and sensitive ‘Lumière etiquette violette’ photographic plates. With such equipment, the exposure time for bright auroral forms could be reduced to half a second.
Photo courtesy of Truls Lynne Hansen, Tromsø Auroral Observatory