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Selene's Two Faces

From 17th Century Drawings to Spacecraft Imaging


Edited by Carmen Pérez González

If any scientific object has over the course of human history aroused the fascination of both scientists and artists worldwide, it is beyond doubt the moon. The moon is also by far the most interesting celestial body when it comes to reflecting on the dualistic nature of photography as applied to the study of the universe. Against this background, Selene’s Two Faces sets out to look at the scientific purpose, aesthetic expression, and influence of early lunar drawings, maps and photographs, including spacecraft imaging. In its approach, Selene’s Two Faces is intermedial, intercultural and interdisciplinary. It brings together not only various media (photography, maps, engravings, lithographs, globes, texts), and cultures (from Europe, America and Asia), but also theoretical perspectives.

1 One World is not Enough

Remarks on the History of Selenography


Pedro M.P. Raposo

2 Mapping Time Rather than Mapping Space

The Moon in Persian Astronomy during the Naseri Period (1848-1896)


Carmen Pérez González

4 Of Blurs, Maps and Portraits

Photography and the Moon


Charlotte Bigg

5 James Nasmyth on the Moon

Or on Becoming a Lunar Being, without the Lunacy


Omar W. Nasim

7 The Digital Sky of Hamburg Observatory

Bringing Astro-photographic Plates from the 20th into the 21st Century


Detlef Groote

8 From Astronomer-photographers to Astronaut-photographers

Close-up Detailed Observations Performed by Spacecraft and Manned Exploration of the Moon


Pedro Ré and Carmen Pérez González


Carmen Pérez González