Luca Missoni

Luca Missoni (b. 1956), artistic director of the Missoni Archive, has been infatuated with the Moon since childhood, observing it through a telescope and collecting maps and books about it. To Missoni, the Moon presents endless variations. What began as a personal fascination has morphed over the past twenty years into sustained photographic exploration.

Photographing the Moon became like a scientific quest," Missoni says. "In order to see how it changes in terms of the light on the surface, I was always trying to replicate it at the same size and tonality.” To do so, Missoni always photographs the Moon from the same location and with the same instrument. The colour obtained while printing his negatives constitutes one of two main variables in his project — the other being, of course, the shadow line as it marks the phases. "It is like photographing people — the Moon never has the same expression”.

The result is Missoni's personal interpretation of our closest heavenly body, and a journey through his lifelong appreciation of Earth's satellite.