The Conference Exhibition - Visions of Heaven

15 - 23 October 2011
The Bristol Gallery


ExhibitionThe conference is proud to present an exhibition of David Malin's extraordinary and beautiful pioneering space photography. The exhibition, Visions of Heaven, is curated by Darrelyn Gunzburg and held at The Bristol Gallery. The exhibition will be launched with a champagne reception (included in the conference registration) on Friday evening 14th October.

Born in 1941 in Summerseat, Lancashire, UK, Malin explored photography from an early age, trained as a chemist and worked as microscopist. When he moved to Sydney, Australia, and joined the Anglo-Australian Observatory as its photographic scientist in 1975, he shifted from exploring the infinitely small to the infinitely far away. Malin was a pioneer in making true-color astronomical photographs from black and white plates taken in three separate colors. The novel image enhancement techniques were all incorporated into creating unique three-color photographs of previously unseen deep space objects. These new ways of extracting information from astronomical photographs, known as 'Malinisation', revolutionized our cultural relationship with the sky - see examples of his work below.

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The Bristol Gallery, Millennium Promenade, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TY
15 - 23 October 2011
Admission:   Free. The general public will, however, have the rare opportunity to purchase a framed and glazed image
                                             signed by David Malin  and including Certificate of Authentication. These are one-off editions.
Press Release PDF here

Visions of Heaven

David Malin ImagesVisions of Heaven, held in conjunction with the Heavenly Discourses conference, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moment when human beings first left the planet and gave us a different perspective of the sky.

David Malin also captured a new and startling different perspective of the sky. Malin’s lifelong interest in the interplay of optics, colour, light and the use of the photographic process as a way of recording these phenomena was fostered by working for many years for a large international chemical company with extensive laboratories in the north of England. In 1975, this interest took front and centre stage when he applied for the position of photographic scientist at Anglo-Australian Observatory (now the Australian Astronomical Observatory), where the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT) had recently been commissioned, located far from the city, under the dark skies of the Australian outback. Visions of Heaven presents the fruit of that work.

Along with these 69 stunningly beautiful images, the exhibition will also display the 3-colour imaging process, based on Maxwell's (1891) additive system, that Malin used to create them. Malin began using this technique around 1978 when thinking in RGB was for colour TV engineers. Now the norm, Malin was the first person to use this process for astronomical colour images, and part of that process now bears his name, ‘malinisation’.

This is the first time that Malin’s astrophotography process has ever been exhibited. The Australian Astronomical Observatory has kindly loaned the exhibition three original 10 x 10 inch glass plates used to make the image of The Orion Nebula (right), the three 8 x 10 inch film positives used to create the colour versions, an original 8 x 10 Cibachrome print made from the three colour separations (Feb 1979), and the colour negative.


Exhibition Champagne Launch with David Malin Friday 14 October 2011
If you are not registered for the conference but wish to come to the launch then you can buy a ticket here

6:00 pm
at The Bristol Gallery
Monday 17th October: David Malin Photography and the Discovery of the Universe
Friday 21st October: Darrelyn Gunzburg The Changing Faces of The Heavens


David Malin images

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