© David Burnett

The Gallery at Leica Store San Francisco, in collaboration with Contact Press Images, is showcasing "We Choose to Go to the Moon" by David Burnett until October 12, 2019. The historic photographs document the launch of the Apollo XI mission. The exhibit originally opened on July 11, 2019, 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 come to mind; the clothing, antiquated film cameras, transistor radios, enormous auto- mobiles, courtesy and attitudes, patience while waiting at a gas station in the middle of the night to use a solitary restroom, and the absence of cell phones!

As much as Apollo XI became a lodestone for human endeavors in space, the massive gathering that represented the American clan: pres- ent 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, 2019

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"We Choose to Go to the Moon" by David Burnett

08/15/2019 - 10/12/2019
Leica Store San Francisco