The Moon 1968 – 1972
Edited by Evan Backes & Tim Adler | T. Adler Books
Hardcover, 48 pages, $18
“Like every great river and every great sea, the moon belongs to none
and belongs to all,” writes E. B. White in the July 26, 1969 issue of The New
Yorker. This excerpt, written six days after Americans first landed on the
moon, is an apt preface for The Moon 1968 – 1972, a photo book of NASA
imagery that sits at the intersection of art and science.
The Moon shares a stunning selection of images captured by astro-
nauts over NASA’s six missions to the moon through the Apollo pro-
gram. In addition, the accompanying text—which includes historical
information from the editors, captions for each image and a transcript
of the Apollo 12 flight crew communications—sheds light on both the
excursions and the capture of these images. Equipped with specially
designed Hasselblad cameras, astronauts captured nearly 20,000 pho-
tographs over the 304 combined hours spent on the moon.
While the images in The Moon were intended to merely document our
lunar neighbor for scientific purposes, they have an undeniable artistic
and personal feel: An astronaut’s right foot stepping on the surface of
the moon shows us his point of view; a snapshot of an astronaut’s legs
dangling out of the ship into space feels like a tongue-in-cheek look at
his day job. It’s almost like a pre-Instagram feed for NASA missions, an
intriguing collection for scientists, photographers and stargazers alike.
By Zackary Canepari | Contrasto
Flexibound, 196 pages, $50
Rex brings viewers into the life of American Olympic boxer Claressa “T-
Rex” Shields, who, in 2012, became the first U.S. woman to win a boxing
gold medal, and, at the 2016 Rio Games, the first U.S. boxer to ever take
home gold twice in a row. But this book from photographer-filmmaker
Zackary Canepari is not the expected narrative of a boxer’s success; it is
a remarkably honest capture of Shields’ life and that of her sister, Briana,
in Flint, Michigan.
Canepari’s photos, quotes from both sisters and excerpts from
Claressa’s diary draw us close to the perspectives of the book’s protagonists, who grapple with their paths forward. Claressa finds stability and
confidence through boxing; Briana, who struggles to find her way, becomes pregnant with a baby boy to have the unconditional love of a child.
Homecoming after the 2012 Olympic Games was not easy for
Claressa, Canepari explains at the end of Rex—sponsorships and endorsements never came, her training waned and her home
life was complicated—and in 2015, she drove away from
Flint to live and train in Colorado Springs.
Canepari doesn’t mince words about the town: “Flint is a
place of struggle.” But this book, the accompanying film
T-Rex and his ongoing web series “Flint is a Place” strive to get
the message across that Flint is more than just a headline,
or a talking point.
When Canepari describes the Shields sisters, he says
they are “cut from the same cloth—tough, charismatic, resilient.” Two sides of the same coin, Claressa had boxing to get her out
of the town. “Briana, my little brother Peanut, I know if they got out of
Flint they could change their lives,” Claressa says in her opening quote.
“They’re the ones that I want to take with me.”