Uncategorized

Hasselblad’s moon camera goes under the hammer

mond_hasselblad_1_18x18cm_02

Image courtesy of WestLicht

The only Hasselblad camera to have made the trip back from the moon is expected to fetch more than €150,000 when it's auctioned next month

Used by astronaut Jim Irwin during the Apollo 15 mission in 1971, the Hasselblad 500, dubbed EL DATA CAMERA HEDC, will go under the hammer at the next WestLicht Camera Auction on 22 March.

The camera was one of 14 used on the moon during Apollo missions 11-17. However, it’s the only one to have made the trip back to Earth. The other 13 cameras were left on the moon, “as the astronauts only took the film magazines back home in order to take lunar rocks in the equivalent of the weight of the cameras”, explains the auction house in a prepared statement.

Jim Irwin took exactly 299 pictures with the Hasselblad during his three-day stay on the lunar surface, and 96 more on the way to the moon and back again. “This historical camera comes with an extensive documentation and photographs taken by Irwin, assembled by its former owner Alain Lazzarini, author of the book Hasselblad and the Moon,” adds WestLicht.

The camera is expected to fetch more than €150,000.

For more details, visit the WestLicht website.

THE EDUCATION ISSUEStephen Shore discusses his own unorthodox education, JH Engström explains the merits of workshops, and we visit influential teaching institutions around the world. Plus, Simon Baker takes us around the Tate Modern’s new building and we introduce the Class of 2016, our pick of this year’s British and Irish graduates.

THE BJP SHOP | APP STORE | SUBSCRIBE