Tim Mantoani took photographs of famous photographers holding their most famous photographs:

The Tank Man of Tienanmen Square. Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston in victory. The portrait of the Afghan Girl on the cover of National Geographic. Many of us can automatically recall these photos in our heads, but far fewer can name the photographers who took them. Even fewer know what those photographers look like.

Tim Mantoani hopes to change that by taking portraits of famous photographers holding their most iconic or favorite photos in his new book Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends. Mantoani has shot over 150 of these portraits in the last five years, most of which are contained in the book.

Insert *The scene of the photo is in your photograph* joke here.

(Above is Mark Seliger holding a photo of Kurt Cobain for a Rolling Stone cover story about Nirvana. Cobain died two months after the photo was taken.)

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