This very rare vintage large format presentation chromogenic print of “ A Man on the Moon” shows the legendary image of a lonely figure on another world and was featured on the covers of LIFE, National Geographic, and magazines around the world.

National Geographic, December 1969, ppg. 736-737

Neil Armstrong framed this amazing full-length portrait of Buzz Aldrin on the Moon, also known as the “visor shot,”  with the 70mm Hasselblad 500EL Data Camera mounted on the Remote Control Unit of his chest. Buzz Aldrin was standing next to one of the landing pads of the LM Eagle. Aldrin’s shadow, his photographer Neil Armstrong, the LM Eagle, the US flag, the Solar Wind Collector and the Earth (top center of visor) are reflected in Buzz Aldrin’s gold-plated visor.

Many photo editors including the editors of LIFE and National Geographic dedicated to the lunar landing (LIFE, To the Moon and Back, August 11, 1969; National Geographic, First Explorers on the Moon, December 1969) added black sky to the top of Aldrin’s backpack to give balance to the picture; and consequently the radio antenna on the top of his PLLS (Portable Life Support System) is missing.

“Nothing prepared me for the starkness of the Moon. The barren terrain was a dusty gray with many little craters in every direction. The sky was utter blackness, void of any stars. As I walked away from the Eagle Lunar Module, Neil said, ‘Hold it, Buzz.’ So I stopped and turned around, and then he took what has become known as the ‘Visor’ photo.

I like this photo because it captures the moment of a solitary figure against the horizon of the Moon, along with a reflection in my helmet’s visor of our home away from home, the Eagle, and of Neil snapping the photo.”

—Buzz Aldrin (Jacobs, pg. 63)