Photography may not be the central role of the International Space Station, but it’s easily some of the most widely recognized byproducts of the global mission. Beyond capturing vivid Earth-scapes from above, the ISS now plays host to its first photo exhibition.

As you can imagine given the cramped confines, the space station’s first photo exhibition is a rather modest affair, consisting of five images from Dr. Hersh Chadha. The Indian photographer donated the work, which was printed on vibrachrome by Duggal Visual Solutions, to help the station’s astronauts reconnect with the planet they’re circling.


One of Dr. Chadha’s vibrachromes strapped down in the International Space Station.

“Photography is a great medium of expression, and my purpose of doing this was to let the human beings who live on the Space Station for so many months still be connected to Mother Earth,” Dr. Chadha said.

Dr. Chadha’s images were flown to the ISS in 2016 but he began lobbying for the exhibit 15 years ago, after hearing about the Apollo mission from the daughter of Stuart Allen Roosa, who piloted the Command Module Pilot for the Apollo 14 mission. It was not until he connected with Russian cosmonaut Col. Valery Korzun that Chadha was able to secure passage for his images to the ISS.

Dr. Chadha made a video about his experience sending work to the ISS. Check it out.



Survey of Artists Reveals that an MFA and Gallery Representation Won’t Make You Financially Secure

Posted by on Tuesday July 10, 2018 | Fine Art

The majority of artists aren’t earning a living from sales of their artwork, a new survey suggests. Instead, they rely primarily on freelance and contract work, or other jobs, to make an average of $20,000–$30,000 annually. The survey, “A study on the financial state of visual artists today,” was conducted by The Creative Independent, a... More

Quick Tip: How to Write Better Artist Statements (And Dread It Less)

Posted by on Monday June 18, 2018 | Fine Art

Artist statements induce more headaches, loathing and procrastination than just about anything else on a photographer’s to-do list. But it is possible to tame a lot of that misery with a change of perspective, and a straightforward approach to the task. In our story “Conquering the Dreaded Artist Statement: Expert Advice for Writing about Art... More

Nobuyoshi Araki Accused of Abuse and Exploitation by Long-Time Model KaoRi

Posted by on Wednesday May 9, 2018 | Fine Art

Inspired by the #MeToo movement, Nobuyoshi Araki’s long-time model KaoRi has publicly accused the renowned Japanese photographer of misleading her into working without a contract, distributing pictures of her around the world without her knowledge or consent, and failing to compensate her fairly for her time or for her her role in Araki’s work. KaoRi... More