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When Neil Armstrong passed away this weekend we lost someone who was not only a a hero to millions, but also one of the most important photographers in history. Armstrong's photographs from the moon, taken during the Apollo 11 landing in 1969, are among the most iconic and images ever captured. In response to the death of Armstrong, photographer Chase Jarvis has written an article in which he examines the photos taken on the moon, all those years ago. Click through for a link to the full article.
|Buzz Aldrin on the lunar surface, pictured by mission commander Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.|
Armstrong appeared in very few of the images taken on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission, but it was his photographs of companion Buzz Aldrin that captured the imaginations of millions of people on earth. Intended essentially as little more than 'record' shots for scientific purposes, Armstrong's images from the lunar surface - taken on a modified Hasselblad 500EL - have a unique beauty.
In Jarvis's words, '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'.