For the realization of this series, the emblematic Gautier Telescope from 1882 was used, imported to Argentina especially to measure and photograph the Transit of Venus through the Sun in December of this last year.

According to the chronicles of the time, it was cloudy, and the scientific mission could not take pictures of the event. Taking this story, the photographer decides to undertake the project of taking a series of photographs of the Moon through the telescope, with the wet collodion technique, which is completely handmade; resulting in a unique image, which through an alchemical process, where the moonlight is transformed into pure silver, materializing on a glass support, resulting in a photograph with unique physical characteristics.

For this, it was necessary to build a wooden plate camera specially designed to be able to record the Moon in different phases of its cycle, where day after day the chiaroscuro effects reveal and hide different aspects of its personality, seas, craters, and shapes. that fascinated mankind for thousands of years.

Giovana Zuccarino (La GaYa ReTa)



The photographer Giovana Zuccarino studied geology at the University of Buenos Aires. She explores the characteristics of light and its materiality, using 19th century photographic techniques. She builds hers own optical instruments, such as telescopes, celostats, heliophanographs, cameras, and microscopes.

Her work is carried out at the astronomical observatory of the Argentine Association of Friends of Astronomy, in Buenos Aires.