Behind Photographs: Tim Mantoani Photobook Documents Legendary Photographers Holding Their Iconic Photos

Photographer Tim Mantoani started a personal project in 2006 capturing photographers and their most famous images. Shooting in the rare format of 20 x 24 inch Polaroid, Mantoani has captured over 150 photographers who together have shot and recorded decades of culture and celebrities with their own cameras. ‘I wanted to shoot something that was important to myself and I called a couple of photographers that I knew, legendary music shooter Jim Marshall and sports shooter Michael Zagaris. The process for both myself and subjects was special and I knew I was onto something, as the viewer could appreciate both the photograph and photographer in a single image. I also had each of them write about their photograph on the bottom of the print. From there, I began to approach other photographers, shooting from California to Boston, and over a period of five years recorded over 150 photographers on this format.’ – Tim Mantoani

Behind Photographs: Tim Mantoani photobook documents legendary photographers holding their iconic photos
Jeff Widener – Beijing 1989
Behind Photographs: Tim Mantoani photobook documents legendary photographers holding their iconic photos
Steve McCurry: Peshawar, Pakistan 1984. I looked for this girl for 17 years and finally found her in 2002. Her name is Sharbat Gula.
Behind Photographs: Tim Mantoani photobook documents legendary photographers holding their iconic photos
Nick Ut: June 8, 1972 Trang Bang Village Kim Phuc 9 year-old girl South Vietnam drop napalm in her village.
Behind Photographs: Tim Mantoani photobook documents legendary photographers holding their iconic photos
Neil Leifer: Ali vs. Liston – May 25, 1965, Lewiston, Maine
Behind Photographs: Tim Mantoani photobook documents legendary photographers holding their iconic photos
Harry Benson: Brian Epstein – Beatles Manager – had just told them they were number one in America – and I was coming with them to New York. 1964

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