To Boldly Take Photos Where No Man Had Gone Before
Monday 27 August 2012 — Category: Other Photographers
With the death of Neil Armstrong this past weekend, there have been numerous articles about him in the media these past days. An interesting one I read today was entitled Inspirational Photos by Neil Armstrong — Primary Photographer on the First Successful Manned Mission to the Moon. Following are a few sentences which stood out to me:
His work inspired millions, not only with his famous landing on the moon, but with the photos he took while there. As the primary photographer of that first successful manned lunar mission in 1969, Neil Armstrong, was responsible for some of the most iconic images of the modern age. As the photographer, contrary to popular belief, Armstrong did not actually appear in many of the famous photos he took on the moon.Neil Armstrong journeyed to the moon to boldly take photos where no man had gone before. For that legacy, he is worthy of honor from all photographers, both terrestrial and celestial!
Armstrong used a special modified 70mm Hasselblad 500EL. The 12 HEDC cameras used on the surface of the moon were left there. Only the film magazines were brought back.
He was, in addition to being the first man to step foot on the moon, a brilliant engineer and a fearless test pilot. Neil Armstrong went to the moon first as an explorer for mankind, second as a scientist and engineer — but with intention or not — he came back a famous photographer.