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The most thrilling of all journeys--the missions of the Apollo astronauts to the surface of the Moon and back--yielded 32,000 extraordinarily beautiful photographs, the record of a unique human achievement. Until recently, only a handful of these photographs had been released for publication; but now, for the first time, NASA has allowed a selection of the master negatives and transparencies to be scanned electronically, rendering the sharpest images of space that we have ever seen. Michael Light has woven 129 of...
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The most thrilling of all journeys--the missions of the Apollo astronauts to the surface of the Moon and back--yielded 32,000 extraordinarily beautiful photographs, the record of a unique human achievement. Until recently, only a handful of these photographs had been released for publication; but now, for the first time, NASA has allowed a selection of the master negatives and transparencies to be scanned electronically, rendering the sharpest images of space that we have ever seen. Michael Light has woven 129 of these stunningly clear images into a single composite voyage, a narrative of breathtaking immediacy and authenticity that begins with the launch and is followed by a walk in space, an orbit of the Moon, a lunar landing and exploration, and a return to Earth with an orbit and splashdown.

     Graced by five 45-inch-wide gatefolds that display the lunar landscape, from above the surface and at eye level, in unprecedented detail and clarity, Full Moon conveys on each page the excitement, disorientation, and awe that the astronauts themselves felt as they were shot into space and then as they explored an alien landscape and looked back at their home planet from hundreds of thousands of miles away.

Published on the thirtieth anniversary of Apollo 11--the first landing on the Moon--this remarkable and mesmerizing volume is, like the voyages it commemorates and re-creates, an experience both intimate and monumental.

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Let's face it: We're incurable browsers. But sometimes our habit of casually flipping through the pages of a book works against the magic that the author put there. For example, rummaging through the stunning photographs of Full Moon might give one a sense of lunar beauty, but unless we begin at the beginning and slowly turn those big folio pages towards the left, we won't realize that Michael Light has constructed not just an eye-feast, but a visual voyage to the moon. So, perhaps if you see one of us book people indulging in a quick random sample of this luxurious book, you might stroll over and let them in on our secret. And, if they seem to catch your drift, tell them that the anniversary of the original moon walk s July 20th and that this is a buyer's choice.
Vicki Powers
Margaret Loke
From a sampling of 129 images in Full Moon, the pictures that the astronauts took have a lonely splendor in poetry and a startling artistry in the finest photography.

Culled by the photographer Michael Light from more than 32,000 still pictures at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the photographs in Full Moon form a composite lunar mission, from fiery launch to sunny splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. Most of the images have not been published before and, in this book, they have a marvelous pristine clarity.
The New York Times

Chris Nashawaty
Here you'll find haunting shadowy black-and-white moonscapes, breathtakingly serene vistas of our own tiny azure marble viewed from space, and even a few giddy snapshots of Apollo's space cowboys frolicking in their zero-gravity sandbox. A treasure.
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School Library Journal
YA-A San Francisco artist and photographer has pulled together 129 stunning, black-and-white and color photographs from 32,000 previously unavailable pictures of the Apollo missions. He has lovingly put them together to form one continuous moon voyage. The photos, mostly taken by astronauts, show fiery, explosive liftoffs; gorgeous, striking earthscapes; astronauts floating by their single umbilical cords in space; hauntingly beautiful moon shots; and many alternate shots recognizably from the first moon landing. An essay and a section explaining when, where, and by whom all the photos were shot are included. A terrific addition for libraries that need tie-ins with science, photography, history, or creative curricula.-John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Matthew Reed Baker
[It is] wordless, with these eerie, magnificent views arranged in the order of one composite lunar visit: takeoff, lunar orbit, moon-walk, splash. Combining the best of words and images, Full Moon comes as close as the printed page can to capturing such an incredible journey
Brill's Content
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375406348
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 11.71 (w) x 11.67 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Light is an artist and photographer based in San Francisco. His work is in the collections of The Center for Creative Photography and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His photo-novel, Ranch, was published in 1994.

Andrew Chaikin, who contributed an essay to this volume, is the author of the definitive study of the Apollo missions, A Man on the Moon (1994), which was the basis of the award-winning television series From the Earth to the Moon.

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As a present for my thirteenth birthday, my mother gave me a ticket to the premiere screening of Martin Scorsese's New York, New York at Lincoln Center. There I was, dressed in one of my mom's most beautiful party dresses, feeling grown-up for the first time in my life, when in walked Robert De Niro and Liza Minnelli. I was overwhelmed by the glamour, the beauty, and the excitement. I've been starstruck ever since.

Some people are raised in a family of doctors or lawyers and, in due course, find themselves in the family business. My father, Richard Leacock, is a filmmaker and my mother, Marilyn West, was a fashion model, writer, and painter, so my fascination with writers, artists, and directors seems almost preordained. I was born to it.

In Chicago in 1942, at the age of fourteen, my mother sat through six consecutive performances of the Andrews Sisters. She sat in the same seat in the front row every night. When a messenger was sent to ask if the sisters could do anything for her, Mom said that she'd love to meet them backstage--a wink during the show would let her know it was okay. Maxene Andrews winked, Mom went backstage, and a great friendship was begun. Maxene brought my mother to California and arranged for her to meet the right people to begin a modeling career. Years later Maxene became my godmother.

By the time I was twelve my mother was bedridden with rheumatoid arthritis. I became her only connection to the outside world. After New York, New York I began going to more and more parties and special events, always returning home to regale my mother with tales of that evening's adventures.

In 1977 I was back at LincolnCenter for a tribute to director George Cukor. At the party afterward, I was on line for the buffet when a young reporter mistook me for Bianca Jagger. I was amazed. The wife of Mick Jagger was dark and exotic looking. I was a fourteen-year-old with freckles and a ponytail. An older man with pale skin and a shock of silver hair standing next to me intervened, explaining that I was not Bianca. As the reporter walked away, the older man looked me over and we both started laughing. It was Andy Warhol. We chatted, and as we reached the desserts, he invited me to visit him at his studio, the Factory.

Beginning that week, I went to see Andy every Friday after school. As he signed hundreds of silkscreens or arranged images on the floor, I would share my worries about an impending math test or gush about the boy I liked in English class. If I got there early enough I would be invited for lunch. Andy gave me sound advice about fashion, including the timeless, "Never wear a shoelace as a headband." He listened with interest to my adventures and even set me up on a blind date. And then there was that stark summer day when I came to tell him that my mother had died and he held me in his arms.

My mother had encouraged my friendship with Andy, and it was she who suggested I ask him to draw a picture for me. Now, I felt awkward about this. Andy was a famous artist and asking him to draw a picture was asking for something of value. But I did like the idea of having a drawing from him. In July 1979 I asked Andy if he would make the first entry in my Flower Autograph Book. He drew a simple black rose on the first page of a brown, hardcover sketchbook. Andy loved the idea and made me promise to show him the flowers as I gathered them. With each new drawing I brought the book to show Andy. When the book was full, he inaugurated the second book, then the third, and finally the fourth. The last time I saw Andy we were at a screening. He invited me to join him on line at the concession stand and bought me popcorn. While we waited he had me tell his friend about the flower books. I kissed him goodbye and told him that I loved him. He died three weeks later.

So much has changed since that first night at Lincoln Center. Many of the people in this book are gone. Some have become friends. As I've grown older, I've put less and less time into collecting these flowers and placed more energy into my own career as a filmmaker and writer. I'm so proud and honored that all of the contributors were generous and gracious enough to share their time and talents with me. Like any garden, this one has been well tended with hard work, some disappointment, and a lot of love. It holds many memories for me. One thing, though, is certain: These flowers are perennials--they will live forever.

--Victoria Leacock, New York City, 1998

Where was Leonardo DiCaprio on the night Titanic won eleven Academy Awards, tying Ben-Hur for most awards ever received? The film's young star was watching the ceremony on television at my friend's Soho loft while tracing his shadow to create this flower.

Leonardo DiCaprio, 1998

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    What what size book you purchase!

    Book was nice but I got stuck buying the reduced hard cover size because it wasn't clear what you were buying. This size if fine if you are under 10........for an adult, it looks like it went thru the dryer! :^(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2006


    All the photographs you see in this book were taken by astronauts. Some are funny, some are strange, some are in color but all are astonishing. William Anders took one of the most famous of the pictures, Earthrise over the Moon. James McDivitt's shots of Edward White's spacewalk will leave you breathless. Alfred Worden's shots are some of the best. This is a book well worth the money. You will find yourself raptly viewing each and every one.

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