Portraits of Famous Photographers with Their Famous Photographs


Who spent that evening with Marylin? Who captured the Tank Man in Tienanmen Square? Who took Kurt Cobain’s portrait two months before his death? For his book Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends, photographer Tim Mantoani tracked down the masters behind some of our visual history’s most iconic images to rescue them from anonymity. Highlighted in Wired, here are just a few of the 150 portraits of famous photographers holding their famous photographs and sharing stories, like Steve McCurry searching for 17 years to find Sharbat Gula, the young, translucent-eyed girl from Pakistan, the star in his famous Kodachrome. Find out more about the project, but first, sift through these intentionally analog, enormous 20×24 Polaroid portraits and… respect!

Mark Seliger with his portrait of Kurt Cobain for Rolling Stone. Photo credit: Tim Mantoani

Jeff Widener with his photo of Tank Man in Tienanmen Square from 1989. Photo credit: Tim Mantoani

Harry Benson with a photo of the Beatles, after Brian Epstein just told them they were number one in America in 1964. Photo credit: Tim Mantoani

Steve McCurry with his 1984 Kodachrome of a young refugee from Afghanistan in Pakistan. Photo credit: Tim Mantoani

Douglas Kirkland with his portrait of Marilyn Monroe. Photo credit: Tim Mantoani

Lyle Owerko with his photograph of the World Trade Center on 9/11. Photo credit: Tim Mantoani

Mary Ellen Mark with her photograph circus ringleader Ram Prakash Singh and his elephant. Photo credit: Tim Mantoani

Neil Leifer and his photograph of Ali vs. Liston, May 25, 1965. Photo credit: Tim Mantoani

Elliot Erwitt with his 1974 photograph taken in New York’s Central Park. Photo credit: Tim Mantoani

Bill Eppridge with his photo of Robert F. Kennedy after his assassination on June 5, 1968. Photo credit: Tim Mantoani