You’ve Probably Never Heard Of These Famous Photographers… But You’ve Seen Their Work.
What makes a photograph iconic? Instead of just seeing a nice photo with attractive subjects and beautiful scenery, the photo gives us so much more: The eyes that tell story, the place that transports us to a different time, or a moment that we'll never forget. When viewed, these photographs make it difficult to remain unmoved.
You may have seen the following iconic photographs before, either in history books or the news. Odds are, you don't know much about the person that took them. Learning the story of the photographers behind the images adds another deeply powerful layer of context to the story - Who the photographer is, how they related to their subject, what caused them to snap a photo at that moment, or what message they are trying to convey.
These images of the photographers holding their work and describing their stories are truly compelling. The last one is both beautiful and extremely heartbreaking.
John Lennon asked me to come to his penthouse apt on the east side of New York to take pictures for the cover of his ‘Walls + Bridges’ album. After we took a series of portraits for the record cover we took some informal shots to use for publicity. I asked him if he still had the New York City t-shirt I had given him a year earlier and he went a put it on and we made this photo.
Mike Tyson – 1980, age 14. I began a project on young boxers when I was a student. The legendary Cus D’Amato told me Mike would be the next great heavy weight champion, he was right – and I continued on with him for nearly a decade. He was a trouble but sweet kid who veered off the good path he was let to with all that comes with being a celebrity in that world.
Summer 1974 Long Island Sound NY. A relaxing time with his son Julian. I called this photo “Family Portrait”
Peshawar, Pakistan 1984. I looked for this girl for 17 years and finally found her in 2002. Her name is Sharbat Gula.
Ali vs. Liston – May 25, 1965, Lewiston, Mayne
This is from my Evening with Marilyn
Marry Elen Mark
I am holding my photograph of Ram Prakash Singh and his beloved elephant Shyama – taken in 1990. Ram Prakash Singh was the ringmaster of “The Great Golden Circus” – this photograph was done in Ahmedabad, India – This was part of my Indian Circus Project. I love India and I love the circus, so photographing eighteen circuses all around India was an incredible experience. Unfortunately Shyama died a few months after this photograph was taken supposedly he succumbed to poisoned chapatti. Ram Prakash Singh was heartbroken me also.
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