to the moon.

July 16, 2009
today marks the 40th anniversary of apollo 11’s liftoff to the moon. the new york times blog, lens, and smithsonian magazine are showcasing the photographs of david burnett, a 22 year-old, recent college grad who, in 1969, on a mission from time magazine, decided to photograph the people watching the rocket rather than the rocket itself. in his words: “at 9:32 a.m. on july 16, the rocket’s engines ignited amid a plume of smoke and flame. i didn’t see it. i was looking into the faces of my proud, expectant countrymen.” i hope you enjoy the photos as much as i did!
{here’s a link to the smithsonian article, written by david burnett himself. and here, one to the lens blog}.

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  • Reply Stacey July 16, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Great photo, I love it that he chose to photograph a completely different perspective of the occasion, and one that is just as, if not more interesting since no one else thought to do that.

  • Reply Simply Mel July 16, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I love what happens when people take the road less traveled! Look at their faces….the awe and amazement of such a huge moment!

  • Reply Vivian July 16, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    what an interesting point of view!!! i love it.

  • Reply down and out chic July 16, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    oh wow, that's a smart photographer.

  • Reply Amanda Nicole July 16, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    I always have this problem. I tend to watch the people watching a concert, movie, play… It's just more interesting, seeing people's spontaneous reactions. These are so neat!

  • Reply Rebecca July 16, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    these pics are so cool. i love to people watch:)

  • Reply Ali July 16, 2009 at 6:45 pm


  • Reply the real mia July 16, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    What a beautiful idea to turn the lens on the faces of spectators. I LOVE this photo. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Reply A. July 16, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    I love that he did that. It's like looking at the groom instead of the bride.

  • Reply Nicole Marie July 17, 2009 at 2:07 am

    wow so cool!

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