All posts tagged: Ezio D’agostino

Asteroid mining: the capitalisation of space

“I thought it was a joke,” says Ezio D’Agostino, about the moment he learned of Luxembourg’s plans to mine near-Earth objects for mineral resources. “I have always admired space exploration – it has been a passion since I was a young child, but this program is not romantic like stories of space travel.” The idea is to mine for precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum, or for lunar water, which can be distilled into rocket fuel for future space missions, on asteroids in space. The concept sounds like the stuff of science-fiction, but latest news likens it to a 21st-century gold rush. In February 2016, four months into D’Agostino’s three-year residency at The National Audiovisual Centre in Luxembourg, the government launched the SpaceResources initiative. It provides a legal framework to secure property rights for resources that are harvested in space, and has attracted the attention of global companies and private investors. Prompted by this new approach to capitalising on resources, D’Agostino’s new book, NEOs – an abbreviation of Near-Earth Objects – aims to …

2019-07-31T12:22:21+01:00

Shortlist announced for the 2018 PHM Grant

Running since 2013, the PHM Grant has a reputation for finding interesting new photographers such as Max Pinckers, Tomas van Houtryve, and Salvatore Vitale. Now the 35-strong shortlist for the 2018 has been announced, with the winners due to be announced on 08 May and four prizes up for grabs – a first, second and third in the main award, plus a New Generation Prize. Each winner gets a cash prize plus a publication on World Press Photo’s Witness, a projection at Cortona On The Move and at Just Another Photo Festival, and promotion via PHmuseum. The jury handing out the awards is made up of photography specialists – Genevieve Fussell, senior photo editor at The New Yorker; Roger Ballen, photographer and artist; Emilia Van Lynden, artistic director of Unseen; and Monica Allende, independent photo editor and cultural producer. The jury is able to give Honourable Mentions, up to six in the main prize, and up to three in the New Generation Prize.

2018-04-25T09:47:41+01:00

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