How many times have we come across these iconic images? So many of us have seen these inspiring, emotional and sometimes violent photographs splashed across the covers of magazines and newspapers so many times that they have taken on their own legendary status. However, how much do we know about the people behind these infamous images? Last week I came across an article that talks about a new book entitled Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends by Tim Mantoani. The book looks at the efforts of immortalizing and recognizing the brave photographers who have taken some of the most moving images of the 20th and 21st century and cataloguing their own unique experiences in capturing the shot of their lifetime.
Interestingly for Mantoani, getting his own pictures of these noted photographers proved to be just as much of a challenge. Each of his photographs were taken using the nearly extinct large scale 20×24 Polaroid cameras. As you can imagine, obtaining the film needed for these cameras was not only difficult, but highly expensive. Each shot cost $200. And when Polaroid went under a few years ago, it isn’t hard to realize how coveted any specialized and rare film out there might have been. But the scarcity and uniqueness of his medium only lends an added weight to these shots of photographers and their famous images. His subjects deserve no less than the most rare film out there if only to illuminate how unique their own photographs are.
If you would like more information, or like to see more of these amazing photos and hear about the inspiring stories behind them, check out this site and look into Tim Mantoani’s book, Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends