A New Refutation of the Viking 4 Space Mission
RRB Photobooks, April 2017
Hardcover, navy cloth in printed dustwrapper
24.8 x 27.2 cm
Bilingual English / French Edition including Special Edition of 100 copies
With an Essay by Val Williams
First Edition £35 | Special Edition £160
Ready Mixed Concrete Ltd, Leeds, 1977
10x8" Pigment print, signed and limited to an edition of 100
- With an Essay by Val Williams
- RRB Publishing, 1st April 2017
- Cloth with dustwrapper, 88 pages
- Bilingual English/French Edition
Peter Mitchell’s groundbreaking show was first presented at the Impressions Gallery of Photography York in November 1979, and more recently at Arles. 38 years overdue, the body of work was published as a book for the first time by RRB Photobooks.
In the mid-seventies, the Viking Landers were the first to land on planet Mars. Though the alien landscape was magnificent, there were no canals or skeletons or wind-blown ruined dwellings. Today, not a single trace remains of Viking Landers 3 and 4.
But myth (and conspiracy theories) have it that an alien survey was commissioned of planet Earth.
Peter Mitchell’s A New Refutation of the Viking 4 Space Mission features photos and portraits, taken in Leeds in the 1970s. The pictures show the traditional urban landscape presented on a background of space charts, the concept being that an alien has landed from Mars and is wandering around Leeds with a degree of surprise and puzzlement.
In the Earthly vernacular these photographs are of Nowheresville. Yet, for some people, they are the centre of the universe. Usually they call it Home.