Published 2018-03-13
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The mind blowing stories behind 8 of the most famous pictures!

Have you ever looked at a photo and thought to yourself, what could the photographer have possibly been thinking while taking this picture! Especially the ones that put the last minutes of someone’s life on the display. Here we have the answers to some for you! Put everything down because you are about to read the most fascinating article of all time and you will be shocked by how much of a story is behind every single photo taken by any kind of photographer whether professional or amateur.

1. Muhammad Ali’s best photo

The story behind the famous picture that was taking of Muhammad Ali by Neil Leifer! He said: "It didn’t matter how good Herbie was that day, He was in the wrong seat. I was obviously in the right seat, but what matters is I didn’t miss. If I were directing a movie and I could tell Ali where to knock him down and Sonny were to fall, they’re exactly where I would put them. I will never have a night like that ever. I mean I’ve never had another one like that. The fight went two minutes and eight seconds and I got three great pictures." Neil lost the seat because the other photographer arrived earlier but he made the best of it!

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2. Abbey Road cover

Iain Macmillan the photographer of the last cover album of the most popular group of all time The Beatles, said: "I remember we hired a policeman to hold up traffic while I was up on the ladder taking the pictures. The whole idea, I must say, was Paul McCartney's. A few days before the shoot, he drew a sketch of how he imagined the cover, which we executed almost exactly that day. I took a couple of shots of the Beatles crossing Abbey Road one way. We let some of the traffic go by and then they walked across the road the other way, and I took a few more shots. The one eventually chosen for the cover was number five of six. It was the only one that had their legs in a perfect 'V' formation, which is what I wanted stylistically."

3. Sophia Loren side-eye glance

The story behind Sophia Loren side-eye glance to Jayne Mansfield is just what we all have been thinking! She said: "Paramount had organized a party for me. All of cinema was there, it was incredible. And then comes in Jayne Mansfield, the last one to come. For me, that was when it got amazing. . . .She came right for my table. She knew everyone was watching. She sat down. And now, she was barely . . . Listen. Look at the picture. Where are my eyes? I’m staring at her n**ples because I am afraid they are about to come onto my plate. In my face you can see the fear. I’m so frightened that everything in her dress is going to blow—BOOM!—and spill all over the table."

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4. Who’s Next

The cover picture for the band The Who was taken by Ethan A. Russell. Ethan Russell said: "I grab my camera and we all walk out onto the dark reef of the slag. The sky is still gray and occasional drops of rainfall. At first, I direct them to react to the slab as Kubrick's apes and astronauts react in 2001: approaching cautiously, arms upraised almost touching it. But this is too much of a recreation and somebody, probably Pete walks up to the slab and starts to p*ss on it.". It took the photographer only 14 pictures to capture the quite weird cover photo!

5. One of the war’s defining images

Evacuation of Saigon was taken by Hubert van es in 1975. The photographer said: "I remember looking out there at the people coming up the ladder. And I turned to Pogo and said, ‘I tell you what, this prime minister has a pretty damned big family!’ It was 50 people. As you can imagine, as word spread, everyone they knew suddenly became ‘family.’" The masterpiece shows the chaos of the end of the Vietnam war.

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6. Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182

The picture of Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182 explosion was taken by Hans Wendt. The unfortunate event left 144 people killed and was named the deadliest plane crash in U.S history. The photographer said: "We heard this explosion and this crash in the air and looked up. I saw the PSA airliner first. I never saw the little Cessna. I got two shots of the PSA airliner crashing, I could see a big chunk of the leading edge of the wing was taken out and I knew that the plane couldn't do anything but crash. I didn't think anyone could survive a crash like that. And they didn't. Only one guy was interested and his newspaper got the 24-hour exclusive on the picture. All this happened before anyone saw the picture."

7. Fire escape collapse

The award-winning picture of a mother and her daughter’s collapse was taken by Stanley Forman. He said: "I ran to the back of the building and when I looked up there was a woman and a child on the fire escape and they were basically leaning at the furthest point from the building because of the heat of the fire behind them. In the meantime, a firefighter called Bob O’Neil had climbed on to the front of the building on the roof and saw the pair on the fire escape. He lowered himself on to the fire escape to rescue them."

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"I took a position where I could photograph what I thought was an impending routine rescue. The ladder went up to pick them up – they were about 50ft (15m) up. Mr. O’Neill had just told Diana Bryant that he was going to step onto the ladder and asked her to hand the baby to him. Mr. O’Neil was reaching out for the ladder when suddenly the fire escape gave way. I was shooting pictures as they were falling – then I turned away. It dawned on me what was happening and I didn’t want to see them hit the ground. I can still remember turning around and shaking."

8. The Agony of Omayra Sánchez

The Agony of Omayra Sánchez was taken by Frank Fournier. He said: "There was this little girl and people were powerless to help her. The rescuers kept coming back to her, local farmers and some people who had some medical aid. They tried to comfort her. When I took the pictures I felt totally powerless in front of this little girl, who was facing death with courage and dignity. She could sense that her life was going. By this stage, Omayra was drifting in and out of consciousness. Omayra died about three hours after I got there."

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