Tim Mantoani: Photographing the Photograph and the Photographer

Bob Gruen: John Lennon, penthouse apartment, New York.

Over a period of 5 years, Brooks Institute alumnus, San Diego (USA) based Tim Mantoani photographed iconic photographs in the hands of their equally known (well, almost) photographers. Shot on the rare and huge Polaroid 20×24-inch format, covering about 150 photographers, this project is fairly unique, with a strong archival framework. The published book also contains a little hand written ‘story’ about the picture at the bottom of each photograph. If you have ever wondered “who took that picture?”, Mantoani has a massive Polaroid answer for you. Take a look.

Nick Ut: Trang Bang Village, Vietnam, 1972

Mary Ellen Mark: Elephant trainer Ram Prakash Singh and Shyama, Ahmedabad, India. 1990

Lyle Owerko: World Trade Center, New York, September 11, 2001.

Steve McCurry: Young girl, Peshawar, Pakistan. 1984

Allen Tennenbaum: Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela. 1990

 

(L) Howard Bringham: ‘Two Fighters’ Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali. (R) Neil Leifer: Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston. 1965

 

(L) Phil Stern: Marilyn Monroe. 1953. (R) Arthur Elgort: Supermodel Christy Turlington, Paris. 1988

Bob McNeely: President Bill Clinton. 1993

Alfred Wertheimer: Elvis Presley and fan. Mosque Theater, Richmond, Virginia. 1956

Karen Kuehn: Russian Blue Cat and Ballerina legs. 1993

Ron Galella: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, New York. 1971

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javier Q
javier Q
8 years ago

great photograph of the elephant and the trainer. portraiture is about personality.

Elnora
Elnora
8 years ago

Elvis the King! Lucky fan is all Ill say.lol

Neil Ost
Neil Ost
8 years ago

I guess all of them were there at the right time and right place, funny how subjects never present themselves twice…either you get it or you dont..great project

Chandra
Chandra
8 years ago

Think its tougher for women to break into the profession!

Noreen
Noreen
8 years ago

Bill Clinton, very charismatic.

Erik
Erik
8 years ago

Excellent..that John Lennon poster was hanging in my room for all my growing up years. Thank you Bob Gruen

rupin
rupin
8 years ago

Lyle owerko definitive moment, glad he made out well out of that disaster

Lapeyrouse
Lapeyrouse
8 years ago

Good to see Steve McCurry in this project,,terrific photo of that girl.

Shireen
Shireen
8 years ago

This is a project I would have like to undertake. lol :) congratulations to mr Tim. The book might be quite expensive though?

Erik
Erik
8 years ago

hmm good to see the person behind the picture…at the end of 1966 John Lennon started to wear glasses and then he never took them off..I am still wondering why!

tankgirl
tankgirl
8 years ago

I wud hv been happy jus lookin at d fotos and not the man-woman behind the foto

J Hyslop
J Hyslop
8 years ago

Nick Ut’s napalm bombing picture haunted me for years….looking at it again…