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Dream Jobs: Astrophotographer

I’ve been featuring a lot of astrophotography here on this blog the last month or so; now it’s time to feature someone who makes astrophotography his job. From SEED Magazine:

In the 1970s astronomer and photographer David Malin became the first person to photograph the faint colors of the night sky. His pictures taken from the Anglo-Australian Observatory have become the canonical images of many celestial sites, from the Horsehead Nebula to our nearest-neighbor galaxies. Now the architect of space color has published Ancient Light, a book of black-and-white prints that includes his shots of the surface of the moon, the Corona Australis nebula, and beyond. These stark and lovely images often recall lace spread across a coal-black surface (galaxy NGC 300) or handfuls of ash-colored silk bunched on an inky table (the Lagoon nebula). Seed editor Veronique Greenwood spoke with Malin about why he abandoned color in his latest collection, the role aesthetics plays in astronomy, and how the field of astrophotography has changed in his three-decade career.

Famed space photographer David Malin talks about why his new compilation Ancient Light is in black and white and on the role of aesthetics in astronomy.

Read the interview at SEED Magazine.

Slideshow hosted by SEED Magazine



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.