David Malin, Ancient Light: A Portrait of the Universe

A lavishly illustrated photographic exploration of the universe from astronomer David Malin.

David Malin


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Using the world's most sophisticated telescopes and his own revolutionary techniques, renowned astronomical photographer David Malin brings us awe-inspiring images of distant worlds and amazing phenomena. He is a pioneer of space photography and has invented new ways of capturing the unseen universe on photographic plates, leading to the discovery of two new types of galaxies. His photographs capture light that has travelled immense distances, sometimes thousands of light years, to reach us. This is the finest collection available of star clusters, galaxies, nebulae and other such spectacular phenomena caught on film. The pictures are made from a series of delicate yet rich platinum prints and will delight anyone intrigued by the night sky. The book will be released in 2009, marking UNESCO's International Year of Astronomy.

The book will feature the entire collection of photos from Malin’s platinum series – approxmately 60 black and white images – in a simple yet elegant format. The book will open with a 3000 word essay by Malin describing the wonders of space and the discoveries he has made while making the photographs. The images will follow, organized according to where they appear in the night sky. Malin has written short captions (approximately 100 words) for every picture, describing the depicted phenomena and some of the mythology surrounding them.


Format: Hardback
Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
Pages: 128 pp
Illustrations: 60 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714849324

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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