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Michael Benson at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum

Postby PCA.tv » Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:55 am

Michael Benson at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum.


Benson's book Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes (Harry N. Abrams, 2003; paperback edition 2008; children's edition 2009), features about 300 highly reprocessed photographs of the planets and moons of the solar system, as well as the sun. The book, which has an introduction by noted science fiction writer and space visionary Arthur C. Clarke and afterword by the award-winning American writer of non-fiction Lawrence Weschler, culled shots from five decades of space probe images and repurposed them, positioning them as a chapter in the history of photography and the landscape. It won First Prize for Design, Special Trade General Books Category at the 2004 New York Book Fair and was called "An aesthetic revelation... a spectacular melding of science and art..." (LA Times) and a "pioneering and magnificent collection of pictures... sublimely exhilarating..." (Booklist). Beyond was printed in English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Korean. From April 2007 to April 2008, an exhibition of large-scale photographic prints based on the book was displayed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and was described as a "stunning series of pictures" (The New York Times) and an "extraordinary exhibition" (New York Magazine). An exhibition of Beyond images is also being toured around the United States by SITES, the Smithsonian Institution's Traveling Exhibitions Service. The tour will run until late 2011.

On May 26, 2010 the largest-scale Beyond exhibition opened in the Art Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Featuring 148 prints spread across seven rooms, Beyond: Visions of Our Solar System is the largest collection of planetary landscape photography ever assembled in one place. The exhibition, which will run for a year, was described as "breathtaking" by The Washington Post.


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