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Tuesday, 16 March 2010


Interesting: Taub getting a blood teste, at NASA, and smoking, calming and relaxing.
Better times indeed.

Not only smoking with no ashtray in sight, but those cool shades...

I heard a nice obituary for Charles Moore on NPR yesterday, and figured he'd probably turn up here. I just don't seem to keep track of photographers very well, I didn't know either of these names previously. A bit late to learn, but better than nothing.

These two were great contributors to our culture. So many excellent photographers that I have never heard of!
Can you tell what kind of camera he has? A rangefinder of some sort?

Smoking in a medical lab! Makes me think of "Madmen" where everyone smokes 24/7!

but what is the lead car in the first taub photo? my guess is some sorta chrysler thing.

Mike, thanks for posting this interesting item. Though a keen Apollo watcher and very familiar with several of the photographs in the portfolio, I was not aware of Bill Taub's name. Neither is Wikipedia. Makes you consider how much our understanding of those historic events is shaped by the eyes and vision of just a few individual photographers. Ralph Morse of Life was another.

There's an interesting story to the big inflatable balloon satellite shown in shot 2 of Taub's portfolio, which was called Echo 2. This was an experiment, one of two designed to passively reflect radio communications signals aimed at it in orbit. The antenna built for the task was the (now famous) horn-shaped antenna at Holmdel, N.J.. During testing, the Bell Labs scientists were unable to remove what appeared to be a low-level radio noise from the system, even resorting to cleaning out the pidgeon poop. Someone suggested to them that the source might be cosmological, and they contacted an astrophysics team at nearby Princeton Uni. for advice, who happened at that point to be designing an experiment to detect a predicted radio frequency "afterglow" of the Big Bang. The radio noise turned out to be the cosmic backround radiation, and their accidental discovery netted them the Nobel Prize.


Rod S.

Looks like the local Mopar club got the honor of transporting the astronauts and "local dignitaries". That Chrysler in front - a 1955 300 if I remember correctly - is one of the more beautiful automobiles ever made.

Charles Moore was mentioned on ABC News, but I hadn't heard of Mr. Taub's passing.

I was at the parade in NYC for the Apollo 11 Astronauts. My father owned a liquor store on the corner of Bleecker Street and Lafayette Street. I was 15.

In those days the parades ran a much longer route than they do today and my father's neighborhood, which is north of City Hall, was all light manufacturing then. (It is NYU territory now). Not many people were on the street. I stood on a step stool and got off three frames from my Nikon F (bought second hand by my father as a gift) as the parade passed by.

I immediately dropped my Tri-X at Berkey Photo Lab on 13th street for processing. Imagine my dismay when the film came back, perfectly exposed, except for those three frames. They were missing! I never saw them again. My opportunity to shoot for Life, Nat Geo, or Time was crushed (he said tongue in cheek).

I had a home darkroom shortly thereafter.

Berkey is out of business, serves them right, and I still have the Nikon.


Jim Metzger, what does "They were missing!" mean exactly? Were they not exposed (blank frames) or did that lab cut them out?

It is interesting that because Moore shot mostly for magazines, instead of newspapers, he never won a Pulitzer. In order to be considered, the photograph must have appeared in an American Newspaper, hence most of Moore's stuff wasn't eligible. (Makes the international photogs a little envious too, See World Press Photo Contest.) [AP actually had to recaption the photo they used for Moore's obit as he was initially identified as a past Pulitzer winner.


To clarify, those three frames were stolen by the lab.

This was the only time in the last 45 years that this has happened to me. I have had film scratched and spotted, but never stolen.

Thanks to Bill Taub and Mike, I have a "photographic" memory of that day.

I had the opportunity to ask Art Wolfe if in all the millions of frames he has shot, are there any that "got away" and that keep him up at night. He told the nightmare story of returning from a multi-month shoot and having 600 rolls of exposed film stolen from the baggage carousel. They were never recovered.

Take the picture in your mind when you take it with your camera. Sometimes it is all we are left with.

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