Art July, 20 2009

Norman Mailer “Moonfire”

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In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, Taschen pairs Norman Mailer’s text with a selection of archival photographs from LIFE Magazine and Nasa. Mailer was originally hired to cover the event for LIFE, and his work stands as the longest nonfiction piece ever published in the magazine. The assignment would prove instrumental in framing Mailer’s Of A Fire on the Moon.

The images in Moonfire are mostly newly published, tracing the development of NASA as an agency to the eventual walk on the moon. An original introduction by Colum McCain explains the history and science behind the pictures.

On the whole, Moonfire is an assemblage of artfully produced historic documents. Released in limited edition (1957 pieces) it carries a tag of $1000.oo.