Imaging the Universe: The People and Places of Spaceflight

Michael Soluri’s book Infinite Worlds: The People and Places of Space Exploration is full of gorgeous imagery that is only possible when a fine-art photographer is allowed unprecedented access to a NASA mission to repair the Hubble space telescope. In other words, his book is unique.

“My goal was to capture the humanity behind American space exploration,” Soluri explains. “These photographs reveal a sense of people and place that is rarely photographed, and I was able to shoot them because I earned the trust of the crew.” So there are beautiful, composed profile shots of astronauts in full gear; there are close-up, fully lit photos of massive yet delicate space machinery and instruments; and there are action shots of NASA staff members focusing keenly on their work.

Tonight, Soluri will host Imaging the Universe: The People and Places of Spaceflight, a presentation, book sale and signing event where attendees can hear the stories behind the photographs. “Stories about people, not robots and machines,” Soluri notes. “We’re looking at the people who are contributing to the very idea of space flight. These are compelling pictures that they haven’t seen before — and they won’t see anywhere else.”

It starts at 7 p.m. at the Phipps IMAX Theater in the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard; admission is $12 for members and $15 for the general public. Visit dmns.org or call 303-370-6000 for more information.
Wed., Jan. 21, 7 p.m., 2015

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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