Florida, Cape Canaveral, 1978
The name Cape Canaveral is known most widely as the launching station for NASA in the 1960s, at a time when the United States and the Soviet Union faced each other down in the cold war. It includes the Cape Canaveral Air Force station and the Kennedy Space Center, strategic bases that would witness the launch of the rst American space missions.
With this audacious photograph of disused flame deflectors, Burri distances himself from his habitual black and white, allowing for vibrant colour. The year is 1978, almost ten years after Apollo 11 when Armstrong and Aldrin set foot on the moon. In his own way, Burri documents these places, symbolic of the American space race, while also meeting the majority of the twelve astronauts who went into space in that era.
As Burri tells it, “I’d already been to Cape Canaveral, but I’d always missed the Apollo launches. This time the programme was finished, and the place deserted. The army used only a few launch pads to test missiles. Nature had repossessed the area (...). It was magic. I called them ‘the ruins of the future’ and I did a major report on the subject.” Using his famous ‘third eye’ which enabled him to “stick his nose in where it’s not permitted”, Burri offers yet another unconscious nod to the pyramid through the geometric form of the deflectors.
Printed by Processus laboratory on Hahnemühle art paper, photo pearl.
Print available exclusively in the Wombat box No. 35.
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