Who’s Behind the Most Iconic Images of Our Time? (11 total)

Lyle Owerko

If you've ever been curious about who the photographers are behind some of the most iconic images of our time, take a moment today and go through Tim Mantoani's Photographer Portraits. A photographer himself, Mantoani started this project back in December 2006, when he decided to put away his digital camera and try shooting with a 2024 Polaroid. What followed was an amazing and personal journey.

Here's how he describes it.

“It has been the most rewarding project I have shot to date. I do not have a trust fund, I am not independently wealthy, I refinanced my home to do this. (Did I mention I have the greatest wife in the world?) Believe in yourself. Remember, the rollercoaster is more fun than the merry-go-round.”


Steve McCurry


Phil Stern


Walter Chin


Nick Ut


Joe McNally


Douglas Kirkland


Carl Fischer


Arthur Elgort


Fabrizio Ferri


Harry Benson

Mantoani's currently working on finding a sponsor to help with an exhibit of all of the 2024 images. To date, he's shot over 120 photographers. The goal? To travel this show around the world and have a book out in the fall of 2010.

Via Feature Shoot.

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