Space Steps: The Moon and Beyond

  • Buzz Aldrin's Boot Print

    by NASA

  • Astronaut White Floats in Zero Gravity

    by NASA

  • Apollo 10

    by NASA

Space Steps: The Moon and Beyond

Open: 5 July - 29 September 2019. Location: RPS House, Bristol

The Royal Photographic Society is pleased to announce Space Steps: The Moon and Beyond, an exhibition curated by Debbie Ireland, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing - one of humankind's most extraordinary adventures. On 20 July 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin (‘Buzz’) Aldrin became the first men to set foot on the surface of the Moon. Space Steps commemorates this incredible milestone and will open to the public on Friday 5 July.

The exhibition explores the journey of Apollo 11, illustrated by some of the most remarkable images ever captured on film. It also traces the story of the earlier Mercury and Gemini space missions and the Apollo programme up to 1969, paying tribute to the crucial role that women played.

Recognising the importance of space exploration today and providing a contemporary focus, the exhibition will present Ascension, an interactive installation by Mexican-British photographer Monica Alcazar-Duarte, exploring how space scientists working in facilities across Europe, are engaging in a new space race.

Space Steps Exhibition

Exhibition highlights: 

- From 5 - 7 July a Hasselblad training camera, used by the Apollo astronauts during training, will be on display for its only UK showing

- The camera used by astronaut Wally Schirra during his flight on Mercury-Atlas 8, which took the first high-quality photographs from Earth orbit

- US and Russian space memorabilia courtesy of Martin Parr HonFRPS

- Original stereoscopic lunar photographs c.1858 by astronomer Warren De La Rue

- An interactive installation by Monica Alcazar-Duarte supported by a free AR app, available for download 

Space Steps events: 

We have a packed programme of talks, workshops and special events which will be held over the duration of this exhibition. To view and book online visit Space Steps events.

An online resource is available created by PhotoPedagogy: view online

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The RPS gallery is open Thursday to Sunday and Bank Holidays:
Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday 11am - 7pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 10am – 5pm   
Bank Holidays: 10am - 5pm

Admission prices:
£5.00 Standard
Free RPS members (with valid membership card)
Free Under 18s*
£3.00 Concessions (full-time students, unemployed, over 65s, disabled and carer)*
£3.00 Attendees at a Society workshop, distinction event or other RPS House event on the day*
*proof of eligibility required

The Royal Photographic Society
RPS House
337 Paintworks
Bath Road
Bristol, BS4 3AR

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