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Photographer Vincent Fournier Opens Eerie Window on the World’s Space Programs [Video]


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There’s a reason that so many sci-fi thrillers are set in space. Well, there are probably many reasons. But it’s certainly true that the tools of space exploration often have a haunting, sterile, almost creepy quality. Vincent Fournier captures that quality in his photographs, taken at the research and operations facilities of space programs around the world. Fast Company’s Co.Design blog has a great slide show of Fournier’s images, which “straddle the divide between documentary and fantasy.” Or, as Co.Design’s Suzanne LaBarre more succinctly put it, “This guy could out-Kubrick Kubrick.”

A recent Vice video (below) gives a bit more insight into Fournier and the motivation behind his work; it also shows him photographing the Kennedy Space Center in Florida inside and out as the space shuttle program drew to a close earlier this year.

About the Author: John Matson is an associate editor at Scientific American focusing on space, physics and mathematics. Follow on Twitter @jmtsn.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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