David Malin: IC 2118, the Witch’s Head nebula, in Eridanus

A unique opportunity to own a limited edition silver gelatin print by David Malin

David Malin


Price: USD$1,400.00

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Silver gelatin print
Sheet size: 609 x 508 mm (24 x 20 inches)
Image size: 552 x 435 mm (21 3/4 x 17 1/8 inches)
Print folder: 630 x 530 mm (24 3/4 x 20 3/4 inches)
Printed in 2010 in an edition of 100 plus 5 artist's proofs
All copies are signed and numbered by David Malin
ISBN-13: 9780714857879

Through the use of very long exposures taken with a telescope, Malin reveals stars and constellations too distant to be seen with the naked eye. The Witch’s Head nebula, the subject of this edition’s specially commissioned print, is 800 light years away from Earth in the constellation of Orion. As the colloquial name suggests, this heavenly duststorm has the pointed nose and crooked chin of a fairytale crone. In reality the nebula is quite blue, glowing in light reflected from the super-giant star, Rigel. The dusty formation of the witch’s silhouette is contrasted starkly with the glittering lights of the sky, in an ethereal composition that showcases the most wonderful collaboration between man and nature.

Each limited edition silver gelatin print is simply and elegantly produced and illustrates the breathtaking beauty of this phenomenon. Aside from its scientific importance, the work speaks for itself as one of the most spectacular sights ever caught on film.

290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 inches)
128 pp
60 black and white illustrations

Ancient Light brings together a unique collection of fine images of star clusters, galaxies, nebulae and other such spectacular phenomena captured on glass plates by some of the world’s finest optical telescopes.

Renowned astronomer David Malin outlines the history and importance of photographing the night sky, and describes how very long exposures taken with a telescope reveal stars and distant galaxies too faint to be seen by the naked eye. By studying galaxies, we learn about our origins and perhaps our destiny; the origins of the ingredients of life and the destinies of stars like the Sun and the planets associated with them. Much of our current knowledge on these subjects was gleaned from black and white photographs like those in this book, which were originally taken for scientific purposes.

In 1609, Galileo used the telescope to reveal a universe that was both astonishing and mysterious, changing forever the perception of our place within in. Modern telescopes uncover vast cosmic landscapes among the stars with unexpected forms and textures. To Galileo’s sense of mystery and surprise, we can today add beauty, and be sure he would have approved.

About the author(s)
Combining the worlds of art and science, David Malin (b.1941) revolutionized our understanding of the universe with his pioneering photographs of space, leading to the discovery of two new types of galaxies and a wide-spread appreciation of other-worldly beauty. His capturing of distant star clusters and nebulae is unsurpassed and he is the foremost photographer of galaxies on a grand scale.

David Malin was formerly Photographic Scientist at the Anglo-Australian Observatory, New South Wales and is currently Adjunct Professor of Scientific Photography at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Winner of the prestigious Lennart Nilsson prize, his pioneering photographs of space have revolutionized our understanding of the universe.

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