The faces behind the lens: Famous photographers become the subject as they display their most celebrated pictures
PUBLISHED: 22:34 GMT, 21 October 2012 | UPDATED: 08:30 GMT, 22 October 2012
Photographer Tim Mantoani has turned the artist into the subject in a collection of pictures that feature famous shutterbugs displaying their most famous pieces.
Mantoani included all genres from paparazzi, to fashion and nature photographers to Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalists to portraitists in his book, Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends.
The book reveals the faces who captured some of history’s most memorable images like the wind blown hair of Jackie Onassis in a 1971 street shot, the chilling sight of the World Trade Center attacks on September 11 and Muhammad Ali’s victorious fist in his momentous win over Sonny Liston in 1965.
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The King: Alfred Wertheimer photographed the wild ways of Elvis Presley romancing an admirer backstage at the Mosque Theater, Richmond, Virginia on June 30, 1956
Beautiful ladies: Phil Stern (left) poses with his shot of Marilyn Monroe in 1953. ‘I don’t know what she was thinking,’ he said. Arthur Elgort (right) displays his 1988 shot of supermodel Christy Turlington at Parisian hotspot La Coupole for a spread in British Vogue
The Greatest: Howard Bringham (left) displays his picture ‘Two Fighters’ featuring Nelson Mandela (left) and Muhammad Ali (right). Neil Leifer (right) captured the Ali’s moment of victory in 1965 over Sonny Liston
He has compiled his collection of 153 portraits into a coffee table book, that was released last year, and now an e-book edition is set to be released.
For the project, Mantoani traveled across the country to photograph the artists in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Boston.
‘In each case, the photographer is holding one of their favorite or most iconic images …I think for all of us, as you grow up, there are just certain images that linger,’ Mantoani said.
‘My hope is that this project will become a way for future generations to not only appreciate the photography of our time, but the photographers as well.’
‘Cameras did not make these photographs, the photographers did. Without the dedication of photographers, like these passionate men and women, history would not have been recorded through their eyes and these moments they hold would not exist for our observation. Some of these photographers not only documented their generation but, their photographs have defined it.’
Legend: Bob Gruen was commissioned to photograph John Lennon at his penthouse apartment in New York. ‘After we took a series of portraits for the record cover we took some informal shots to use for publicity. I asked him if he still had the New York City t-shirt I had given him a year earlier and he went a put it on and we made this photo,’ Gruen said
Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends Book by Tim Mantoani
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