It took photographer Tim Mantoani several daunting years to take several hundreds portraits of well known photographers with their most shots that created photo history. Tim’s aim was to put a face behind the photographs that so many of us have seen a million times. These photographers got their shots published in a book called Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends.  You can find many more striking portraits on Tim’s website. You can also learn more about the book and purchase it at:



Steve McCurry | “Young Woman from Peshwar, Pakistan” (1984)

Photo by Tim Mantoani

Steve McCurry holds his 1984 photo of a young woman from Peshawar, Pakistan. “I looked for this girl for 17 years and finally found her in 2002. Her name is Sharbat Gula.” [Source: Wired]


Jeff Widener | “Tank Man in Tienanmen Square” (1989)

Photo by Tim Mantoani


Roberto Salas | Fidel Castro and Che Guevara (1959)

Photo by Tim Mantoani




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