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The Gallery at Leica Store San Francisco, in collaboration with Contact Press Images and Alex Ramos Press is excited to present a new book: We Choose to go to the Moon, featuring the photographs of David Burnett. The photographs document the launch of the Apollo XI mission and the release coincides with an exhibit of the same title that opens July 11, 2019 at Leica Store San Francisco, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the moon, July 20, 1969.

At the time, 22-year-old, David Burnett was a photographer working for TIME Magazine out of the Miami bureau. Burnett’s coverage region included the area off Florida’s Space Coast where the Apollo XI rocket would launch. In May of 1969, he had photographed the launch of Apollo X as a warm-up and two months later he went on to record the launch of Apollo XI carrying Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins whose mission was to land and walk on the moon.

It was David's idea to record the events for TIME by turning his camera away from the rocket and focus on the 'space' that the visiting tourists, from near and far, had staked out to celebrate and witness the moments leading up to and during the Apollo XI rocket launch.

"Looking back on fifty years, there are many things which flood back to me; the clothing, antiquated film cameras, transistor radios, enormous automobiles, courtesy and attitudes, patience while waiting at Union 76 gas station in the middle of the night to use a solitary ladies restroom, and the absence of cell phones!  

As much as Apollo XI became a lodestone for human endeavors in space, the massive gathering represented the American clan: present and in the moment, there to observe the launching. These pictures leave us with a snapshot of what the country’s tempo was like at that time and how man’s quest for space could captivate, amaze, delight and cause a nation to hold its breath looking skyward."

- David Burnett (Contact Press Images) 2019

We Choose to go to the Moon

Photographs by David Burnett

Published by Alex Ramos Press, 2019

48 pages

Order will ship July

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