The Last Pictures by Trevor Paglen: in space and in a bookshop near you
A collection of 100 photographs will be fixed to the outside of the satellite EchoStar XVI when it takes off next month
Artist Trevor Paglen doesn't need to worry about his book, The Last Pictures, disappearing. The collection of 100 seminal photographs is due to be launched into space next month, where it is intended to remain in the Earth's orbit for billions of years.
Paglen spent four years interviewing scientists, anthropologists, philosophers and artists to make his selection of 100 images representing modern human history - "cave paintings from the 21st century", as he puts it. The book, The Last Pictures, is being published next month, and the images will also be etched on to a silicon disc encased in a gold-plated shell, which will be sent into space fixed to the outside of the communications satellite EchoStar XVI, when it takes off from Kazakhstan in September...