Posts Tagged ‘iconic’

Magnum Photographer Jonas Bendiksen Shares the Story Behind His Iconic ‘Satellites’ Shot

Magnum photographer Jonas Bendiksen spent seven years journeying through the former Soviet Union and documenting the lives of the people there. Along the way, he met scrap metal scavengers who search the landscape for fallen rockets in order to sell the materials. One of his photos of these people became one of Bendiksen’s most famous works.

In the 2-minute video above, Bendiksen briefly shares the story behind his iconic shot. You can purchase this photo in poster or book form over in the Magnum store.

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Matt Herron on His Iconic Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery Marches

50 years ago, civil rights photographer Matt Herron documented the Selma to Montgomery marches that highlighted racial injustices in the American South and helped to pass the Voting Rights Act that year. He ended up capturing one of the iconic photographs of the marches that remains recognizable to this day.

In the video above, Herron talks about photographing the march and how the iconic shot came about.

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Photographer Joe Rosenthal Shares the Story Behind ‘Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima’

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70 years ago today, photographer Joe Rosenthal captured a photograph of six US soldiers raising a flag on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. That photo (shown above), became an instant iconic image — these days we would say it “went viral” — and was published in thousands of publications around the world.

It went on to became the only photo to win a Pulitzer Prize in the same year it was published, and the image is now one of the most republished and recognizable photos of all time.
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Portraits of Famous Photographers with Their Iconic Photographs

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Photographer Tim Mantoani is the man behind one of the great photo projects and books of our time. Called “Behind Photographs“, the series is a giant collection of giant 20×24 Polaroid pictures of some of the world’s most famous photographers holding their most iconic photos.
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Sample Footage Shot with the Ultra Rare Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 that Can See Behind Itself

About once per year, one of the rare Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 lenses out there pops up on eBay when some camera shop or another picks one up. The price ranges from $60K to $160K and it’s gotten to the point where we usually just ignore the listings because… well… we’ve covered them enough times.

But when one of our readers tipped us off to a new listing earlier today, we took notice, because this one comes with a sample video of the lens in action. Read more…

Magnum Photographers Rescue Their Favorite Unpublished Photos for a Special Signed Print Sale

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Attics were scoured, basements searched and hard drives dusted off for a very exciting print sale from the storied Magnum Photos agency. Dubbed the Square Print Sale [Note: Some images are NSFW], Magnum is giving you a chance to own signed prints of previously un-published and un-seen photographs by some of the best photographers to ever use a camera. Read more…

Matthew Jordan Smith Shares the Setup and Story Behind His Timeless Portrait of Tyra Banks

Los Angeles-based photographer Matthew Jordan Smith has long been photographing some of the best known celebrities. In this video, Smith retells the story of one of his most timeless images, a headshot of Tyra Banks captured using only a simple ring flash.

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Iconic Magnum Photographer René Burri Passed Away Today at Age 81

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The world of photography has lost an icon. Press agency Phaidon is reporting that, after a long battle with cancer, Magnum photographer René Burri passed away earlier today at the age of 81. Read more…

Leica Recreates 35 of the Most Iconic Photos Through History in Brilliant 100th Anniversary Ad

Editor’s Note: There is one very brief instance of nudity in this ad. Proceed with caution.


The award-winning ad agency behind the moving Leica ad “Soul” from last year have created another masterpiece. It’s called “Leica 100,” and it celebrates 100 years of Leica photography by paying tribute to 35 of the most iconic photographs of all time in an incredibly creative way. Read more…

Iconic Portrait Photos Throughout History Recreated with John Malkovich as the Subject

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Upon first glance, the photo above looks like Dorothea Lange’s iconic Migrant Mother photo captured in 1936. Then you realize that the woman in the frame is definitely not Florence Owens Thompson, the woman in the original image. Looking a more closely, you start to notice an uncanny resemblance to actor John Malkovich.

Turns out that is John Malkovich you see. American photographer Sandro Miller collaborated with the actor to recreate some of the most famous portraits captured throughout history. The project is titled, “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to photographic masters.”
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