Behind Photographs is a superb project by photographer Tim Mantoani. For the past five years, he has been making portraits of noted photographers holding one of their favorite or most iconic images. Neil Leifer’s image of Muhammad Ali standing over a knocked-out Sonny Liston, Harry Benson’s epic photo of The Beatles having a pillow fight and Steve McCurry’s famed portrait of the Afghan Girl from the cover of National Geographic to name a few. At the bottom of each Polaroid, the photographer has been asked to write out a short story about their image in their own penmanship. In cases, these words are as revealing about the photographer as the image itself. This project includes over 150 photographers from a variety of specialties and has taken me across The United States, shooting in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Boston.
Photographers: Neif Leifer, Harry Benson, Steve McCurry, Mark Seliger, Jeff Widener, Douglas Kirkland, Mary Ellen Mark