Interior Space: Preserving the History and Culture of the International Space Station through Photographic Interpretation

Please join us November 18 at 12:00pm ET for our Virtual History Brown Bag talk:

Roland Miller, “Interior Space: Preserving the History and Culture of the International Space Station through Photographic Interpretation”


To historically preserve and artistically interpret the International Space Station, Astronaut Paolo Nespoli and photographer Roland Miller collaboratively photographed the interior of the ISS during Expeditions 52 and 53—Paolo on the station and Roland on the Earth.

Many important and informative photographs have been made by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Most of these have been views of the Earth, and rightly so. Others are of astronauts performing activities and documenting experiments. There is, however, a dearth of images that intentionally document and interpret the interior of the ISS itself. As any environment will, life aboard the ISS affects astronauts socially, physically, and mentally. There is a need to examine the cultural, social, historical, and even the aesthetic aspects of the ISS environment. Investigating this environment through photography and from artistic and sociological perspectives is critical to this goal.

Roland Miller, a Chicago native, taught photography at Brevard Community College in Cocoa, Florida for 14 years, where he began photographing nearby NASA launch sites. After serving as the dean of Communication Arts, Humanities, and Fine Arts at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois for ten years, he retired in 2018 to work full-time on photography. Miller’s project and book, Abandoned in Place: Preserving America’s Space History (University of New Mexico Press, 2016), documents deactivated and repurposed space launch and test facilities around the United States. Miller’s collaborative project and book, Interior Space: A Visual Exploration of the International Space Station (Damiani Editore, 2020) with Italian Astronaut, Paolo Nespoli, documents and examines the interior of the International Space Station. His photographs are part of permanent collections at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois and the NASA Art Collection in Washington, DC. Miller’s photography has been exhibited in major art and science museums, including the Galleria del Cembalo, Rome, Italy. His work has been featured in major publications including: The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and Forbes.

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