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Apparent Retrograde: Reflecting on Lunar Photography

October 7 at 12:10 and 1:10
West Building Lecture Hall

Yuri Long, photographer, and librarian, department of rare books, National Gallery of Art, in conversation with Diane Waggoner, curator of nineteenth-century photographs, National Gallery of Art

As the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing mission approached, Yuri Long began making a catalog of photographic works to document lunar events. The moon is a universal object beyond the bounds of the earth, accessible to all and equalizing in its distance, making it an ideal subject for meditative reflection. Rather than scientific documentation, Longs images use photographic techniques and digital editing to record personal experiences with a minimalist focus on visual aesthetics. Diane Waggoner and Yuri Long contextualize Longs photobook project Apparent Retrograde within his artistic practice, and discuss the new directions in which this continuing body of work is taking him. This program is held in celebration of By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs, on view through January 5, 2020.


Yuri Long, The Moon and Saturn in Sagittarius, July 15, 2019, 9:21-9:52pm, 2019, composite photograph

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