Most iconic photos have a story behind them. Some of them have secrets that come to the light of day years after they were taken. Marc Silber of Advancing Your Photography teamed up with Dotan Saguy to bring you this interesting story about one of the most iconic photos of the 20th century. It’s Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Behind Gare Saint Lazare, and Dotan reveals its secret that many of us didn’t know.
Even if you’re not a fan of The Beatles, I doubt that you don’t know the image from the cover of their album Abbey Road. Both the album and its cover image are iconic, so the crosswalk has been attracting thousands of tourists. Due to the current lockdown, there are almost no people in the streets, so the famous zebra crossing is finally getting a fresh coat of paint.
Although it sparked some controversy, Steve McCurry’s “Afghan Girl” is an iconic image that has influenced and inspired many people. Tony Northup wanted to talk about how this image inspired him, but then he learned the story behind it – and it wasn’t pretty. The truth behind how this legendary photo was taken is sad and disturbing, and Tony shares it in this video.
George Mendonsa, the “kissing sailor” from Alfred Eisenstaedt’s famous photo, died on Sunday at the age of 95. Mendonsa was photographed kissing a nurse on 14 August 1945 during the celebration of the end of the Second World War. The photo was published in Life magazine and it became one of the most influential images of all time.
There is hardly anyone who doesn’t know about “Migrant Mother,” an iconic photo by Dorothea Lange. The 1936 portrait depicts Florence Owens Thompson and her children, and there are many true and untrue facts we’ve heard about it. But did you know it was altered? Or “photoshopped,” as we tend to say nowadays? Thanks to a new book from the Museum of Modern Art, this interesting fact has recently seen the light of day.
Whether or not you like Salvador Dali’s work, it’s hardly possible you haven’t seen one of the most famous photos of him: Dali Atomicus. It’s on the TIME’s list of 100 most influential photos of all time. It was a result of collaboration between Salvador Dali and photographer Philippe Halsman and it was captured in 1948.
In 2017, almost 70 years later, photographer Karl Taylor has recreated this iconic image with modern tools and gear. Still, he remained faithful to the original and didn’t use Photoshop make the objects float. Just like in the 1948 photo – all the objects are suspended with wires. He shares the story of recreating this famous photo, and it was such a big project that even BBC documented it.
When you think of a portrait of Steve Jobs, I bet this is the image you have in mind. Photographer Albert Watson took the famous portrait in 2006, and it has become a signature photo of the famous visionary and entrepreneur. In this video from Profoto, Watson himself shares the interesting story behind this recognizable portrait.
Starting this month, the Museum of Modern Art is putting up over 400 prints from their collection up for sale. Among these photos, there will be iconic prints of Man Ray, Ansel Adams and Henri Cartier-Bresson. If you have deep pockets, you’ll have a chance to have one of them in a series of auctions, and some of them are expected to reach up to $300,000.
As you probably know, TIME Magazine has recently published a list of 100 most influential photos of all time. Of course, Tank Man can’t be left out from this list, since it’s definitely one of the most iconic and influential photos ever taken. Jeff Widener took it in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, when the Chinese troops attacked pro-democracy demonstrators. Thanks to Jeff and TIME Magazine, there is an interesting and moving video story about this photo and the conditions in which it was taken.