Iconic Photos

Iconic Photos and the Stories Behind Them

In the past, we’ve written about feel-good articles and positively happy topics about photo booths and famous photographs. Today, let’s mover deeper in to humanity’s raw emotions and take a look at some of the most iconic photos from our history and the rich stories behind them.

After all, taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.


Einstein’s Iconic Tongue-Out Photo

Iconic PhotosThis photo has been seen all over the internet. But before that, it has been documented in books, and has even been a subject of Andy Warhol photo booth artworks.

It strikes such an ironic concept as a man so profoundly smart and has been key to most scientific discoveries poses at such an innocently childlike way.

The photo was taken on Mr. Einstein’s 72nd birthday on match 14th, 1951. Photographers from all over the United States have been asking for his photograph all day. He had been very tired with the usual camera-ready smile.

Dr Frank Aydelotte, the former head of the Institute for Advanced Study, offered to drive Einstein home. As he entered the car, UPI photographer Arthur Sasse rushed to make ‘just one more’ picture. he was trying to persuade him to smile for the camera, but instead, he  playfully stuck out his tongue. He then made the iconic shot, and had never been happier about it.

Once published, it became one of the most popular photos ever taken of Einstein, who himself requested nine prints for his personal use. The original image included the faces of Dr. Aydelotte and his wife in the car, but it was cropped by Einstein himself, who loved it so much that he had it made for greeting cards and sent it to his friends.


Iconic Kissing in Times Square

Iconic Photos Taken Alfred Eisentaedt, this photo and had captured the celebration and jubilance people felt as the war already ended.

Initially published in LIFE magazine, the photo caught the United States at a moment of pure relief from a long period of suffering brought about by war. Without even reading captions and write ups about it, this photo clearly represents the how the people  at the time felt, letting go of their fears and inhibitions.

Greta Zimmer Friedman, the woman in the photo, was a 21-year-old dental assistant at the time the picture was taken. She went out in Times Square when news of the war’s end broke. The man kissing her, George Mendonsa, saw Friedman for the first time, spun her around and kissed her.

Friedman said in a 2005 interview with the Veterans History Project that it wasn’t that much of a kiss, it was just somebody celebrating. It wasn’t a romantic event.


The green Eyed Afghan

Iconic PhotosThis iconic photograph, when seen at first, looks ordinary. But take a closer look, the girl stares back with deep green eyes that seem to be speaking to you – conveying pure emotions as if shouting out as loud can be.

Sharbat Gula, the girl in the photo, was then 12 years old and stationed in an Afghan refugees camp in Pakistan during the invasion of Afghanistan by Soviet Union. The photo was used as a cover for the National Geographic magazine and quickly became one of its most iconic covers.

The name of the girl remained unknown for a long time. This was Steve McCurry, and 17 years of research,  tracked her down. She had returned to Afghanistan in 1992 and did not know that she had become such an icon.