Photograph and original negative, Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, taken by Valentin Shkolny, paper / acetate film, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), 1962 (printed Australia 1997)
Photographic print: black and white print showing portrait of Yuri Gagarin, first person in space. The picture is a head and shoulders portrait of Gagarin in casual clothes, taken at his home in Zvezdny Gorodok (Star City). It is a rare informal portrait of the cosmonaut. The print is mounted on white standard commercial photographic board surrounded by a matt frame.
Negative: black and white negative of the above print made of acetate.
Inscribed on front mount in pencil 'YURI GAGARIN 1961'. Signature on back and stamp 'VALENTIN SHKOLKYI/Artist-Photographer/Member, International Federation of Artists/UNESCO/Professional and Creative Union of/Artists and Graphic Designers/PO Box 243 Lidcombe NSW Australia 2141/(02) 9727 5643'.