Six Iconic Images


Iconic Image One.

UPI photographer Stan Stearns (May 11, 1935 – March 2, 2012) took this iconic image on 25th November 1963 of JFK Junior saluting the coffin containing his father’s body.more poignantly it was his third birthday.

It turns out Stearns was the only photographer to get the shot, so sure was he that he had a front page shot he choose not to follow the cortege but head back to the UPI offices to develop the film. It turned out that of all the press photographers there he was the only one who had the right angle and pressed the shutter at the decisive moment.

“UPI photographer Frank Cancellare squeezed me in next to him. When the service started inside, Cancy and I discussed what to do as a team.
I had the longest lens, a 200-mm. He shot like I was not next to him, and I just watched Jackie. She bent down and whispered in her son’s ear. John-John’s hand came up to a salute. Click!
One exposure on a roll of 36 exposures”. (UPI, 2017)




Iconic Image Two.

 A picture of the second man on the Moon Buzz Aldrin on the sea of tranquility in 1969, while he stood next to one of the legs of the lunar module, The photographer was non other than Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. The camera used was a Hasselblad 500EL fitted with a ƒ/5.6 / 60 mm Zeiss Biogon wide-angle lens and a polarizing filter.

The camera had to withstand amazing temperature fluctuations in the vacuum of space from 120 degrees celsius in the sun to -65 degrees celsius in the shade.

The camera had to utilise special lubricants as the ones used on earth would have just boiled away in the vacuum of space. To help alleviate the problem with the temperature fluctuations a little the camera was painted silver.



Iconic Image Three.

This image was taken in 1912, it is the last known picture of RMS Titanic afloat, the story goes that an Irish priest called Francis Brown who had sailed on the Titanic from Southampton to Cobh in Ireland. Apparently, the priest had befriended a wealthy family on board the liner and they had offered to pay for his passage for the remainder of its transatlantic journey, Browne had to turn down their kind offer as he had been ordered to return to his station with immediate effect.

Three days after this photograph was taken there were 1,514 dead and the Titanic would be at the bottom of the Atlantic.





Iconic Image Four.

Taken in November 1960 at Heiligengeistfeld Square, U3-St.Pauli, U3-Feldstraße, Glacischaussee, Hamburg, Germany. This is one of the very first pictures of the fledgling group destined to become the most famous band in the world. Astrid Kircherr was a student photographer in Hamburg and offered to take some pictures of the group who were performing in the Kaiserkeller bar. Seen in the picture is the original line-up (from left to right), Pete Best, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney & Stuart Sutcliff. Kircherr used a medium format 1950’s vintage Rolleicordtwin lens reflex camera.





Iconic Image Five.

This image won a Pulitzer prize for photographer Joe Rosenthal (1911-2006), it depicts several US Marines patriotically raising the stars and stripes flag on top of Mount Suribachi during the world war two battle of Iwo Jima. Half of the men in this photograph were sadly lost in action during the battle. The camera he used which was standard issue for press photographers at the time was a Speed Graphic, he used a shutter speed of 1/400 with an aperture of about f.11.






Iconic Image Six.

Taken 6th May 1937 at Lakehurst Naval Air Station by Sam Shere this is the German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg exploding into flames killing 36 people.

Due to sanctions by the USA Germany had to use highly explosive hydrogen instead of the inert helium that the Americans produced, although Shere was one of a dozen photographers who were there to photograph the arrival of this amazing airship his image became the most enduring image as it catches the moment that the airship first exploded into flames. The image was used around the world on newspapers front covers and was also used on the cover of Life magazine. It was also used over three decades later on the very first Led Zeplin album.







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