“Behind Photographs” By Tim Mantaoni: Famous Photographers And Their Most Iconic Images

You are sure to recognize the majority of these photos BUT now you get a look at the people that were behind the camera.  Behind Photographs is a book project by Internationally renown portrait photographer Tim Mantaoni.  The goal of the book was to celebrate legendary photographers whose images have reflected and defined our world over the last several decades.

To do this Tim has used the rare and mammoth format 20 X 24 Polaroid.  By pairing famed photographers with their most iconic image he documents not only the image but brings the photographer to the foreground.  These people have helped shape the way we have seen the world, good and bad, happy and sad.  Their images last in our memories and will inspire and teach future generations about our times.

Tim started the project in December of 2006 and it showcases 150 photographers, each one with a different perspective and a different moment captured from history. Each photographer has included a short story at the bottom of each image, written by their own hand, that tells about their photo.

Head on over to Tim’s website HERE to read more about this amazing project and watch a short video he did below.

Jeff Widener holds his photo of Tank Man in Tienanmen Square from 1989.

Steve McCurry holds his 1984 photo of a young woman from Peshawar, Pakistan. "I looked for this girl for 17 years and finally found her in 2002. Her name is Sharbat Gula."

Neil Leifer holds his photo, Ali vs. Liston, which he took on May 25, 1965 in Lewiston, Maine.

Bill Eppridge stands with his photo of Robert F. Kennedy after his assassination on June 5, 1968.

Brent Stirton: "This is Virunga, the first National Park in Africa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Silverback Mountain Gorilla, along with 6 females, had been killed by a group trying to intimidate conservation rangers into being less proactive in their efforts against poaching & illegal charcoal making. There are only about 40 of these Silverbacks in the world, so the Rangers were devastated at the assassination. This procession went on for about 5 kms, moving the 600 pound body over hills & through the forest. Over 120 of these rangers have died in the last 10 years doing this job; most make less than $10 a month. They're heroes, there's just no other word that seems appropriate to describe these incredible African men."

Douglas Kirkland: "This is from my Evening with Marilyn."

Harry Benson: "Brian Epstein — Beatles' manager — had just told them they were number one in America, and I was coming with them to New York, 1964."

Karen Kuehn: "From the 1993 Cats Story shot for National Geographic. The director Thomas Kennedy asked me to shoot an entire story about 'cats.' He did not want it to be typical! So problem solving this assignment was good fun. The Russian Blue Cat and Ballerina legs was inspired by George Balanchine — he used the idea of cats landing always on their toes to teach his dancers."

Mark Seliger: "Originally an inside opener for Rolling Stone cover story of Nirvana in conjunction with the release of In Utero, my first Polaroid (with Negative) was by far the most emotional and revealing of his spirit. Two months later Kurt died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. This photograph became the memorial RS cover."

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