How to get to Space without a Rocket | Jon Carmichael | TEDxManchester

Photographer Jon Carmichael always imagined what it would be like to see Earth from space. With a blend of passions for astronomy, aviation, and photography, Carmichael had a unique idea to photograph a solar eclipse from the sky. His great opportunity came in 2017 during the Great American Eclipse. Carmichael set out against all odds to capture the event from a commercial Southwest Airlines flight inside totality at 39,000 feet above the border of Oregon and Idaho. He spent a year processing hundreds of photos into a photo-mosaic that many say could be the best image of an eclipse ever made. Hear the inspiring story as he takes us on his journey.

Follow Jon on @PhotographerJon New York-based photographer Jon Carmichael shot to fame in 2017 when he captured an astounding photo of a total solar eclipse from an airplane at 39,000 feet flying above the Snake River in America. His photo series was launched at the Twitter HQ in San Francisco and went on to be described by some as “history’s most amazing photo”.

In the past 10 years, self-taught Carmichael has developed a number of signature shooting and printing techniques that create a level of detail, depth and colour accuracy, unmatched by others in the same subject. Taking a liking to astrophotography, Carmichael aims to push the envelope of photography technology to unveil parts of the universe that simply cannot be seen by the naked eye.

For nearly a decade, Carmichael’s Contemporary work remained unseen and was never printed or sold. In 2015, he produced his first set of artist proofs which were seen and discovered for the first time by Sir Elton John. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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