29 Behind The Scenes Stories Of Legendary Photos

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but more often than not those words don't mention anything about the origin of said picture.

Which is unfortunate, because those backstories are amazing in their own rights. For example ...

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Entry by jimclass

This is NOT a photo of man's first step on the moon. It is a photo of a single boot imprint made by the second man on the moon, Buzz Aldrin. He took i

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Entry by lemonstar

THDNCT After the assassination of John F. Kennedy, his widow, Jackie, was silently present during the swearing-in of Lyndon Johnson. She was still wea

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Entry by Opus52

Pictured are a few disaffected youths, lounging while the towers fell on 9/11... CRAGKEDCON ...Or it could be a group of shocked strangers that came t

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Entry by JarOCats

This iconic photo shows Elizabeth Eckford, hounded by an angry white mob, as she entered Little Rock Central High School, September 4, 1957. Except...

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Entry by PedroH

29 Behind The Scenes Stories Of Legendary Photos

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Nick Ut snapped this photo of nine-year- old Phan Thi Kim Phuc, after she tore off her burning clothes following a napalm strike against her village i

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Entry by lemonstar

Three months into hiding, Anne Frank pasted this photo of herself in her diary and wrote about her hopes of one day becoming a movie star. Lod ne nd >

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Entry by triwizard19

This CRAGKEDCON was epic but illegal- Frenchman Philippe Petit pictured walking on a tightrope between the WTC Twin Towers on Aug. 7 1974. He was grre

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Entry by PollyDarton

The iconic Muhammad Ali as St. Sebastian photo had to use practical effects which made it pretty tedious to shoot. The champ had to stand still while

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CRACKEDOON HOTEL Warren Bernard is the kid from this photo called 'Wait for me, Daddy'. He said it wasn't a happy time when his father came back at Ch

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Entry by TaiGin

In March 1985, Nike paid Jacobus (Co) Rentmeester $15,000 for a 2-year license to use CRACKED.COM this photograph. In 1987, Nike registered its own

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Entry by TaiGin

THIS WAS THE FIRST EVER X-RAY PHOTOGRAPH. THE SUBJECT, ANNA BERTHA RONTGEN, WASN'T AMUSED. WHEN SHE FIRST GLIMPSED IT SHE EXCLAIMED, I HAVE SEEN MY D

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Entry by lemonstar

Dictator Benito Mussolini had this picture taken to show off his heroism. There was just one important detail edited out. RAKEDGOM The photo looks a

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Entry by whoiswillo

CRACKED.COM Tommie Smith and John Carlos are wearing gloves on different hands because Carlos forgot to bring his pair to the ceremony. A T The idea t

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Entry by Hildifons

It took photographer Philippe Halsman 26 takes to capture this iconic photo, known as Dali Atomicus PICTURE CAT BEST EVER! Just picture good ol' Salva

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The VJ-Day kiss wasn't some couple celebrating the end of World War 2. CRAt CHHICAL It was a sailor walking up to a stranger and kissing her without

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One of the most famous photos ever taken of Winston Churchill. Dedication? Determination? Close, but no cigar... literally. Seconds before this photo

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Entry by Maclise

This calm desktop background is actually the aftermath of a devastating pest infestation. One that killed half a billion dollars worth of grape fields

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Eddie Adams' photograph became the symbol against the brutalities of war. Many people thought that this was the ekecution of a civilian. WANTED' LOOKI

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Entry by AsherNitin

General Douglas MacArthur pretending to dramatically wade ashore in a rehearsed photo shoot at Leyte in 1944? Actually, he never planned To get his fe

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Entry by femshep87

This picture is staged Years after it was taken, the man said that he was forced to pose for it, and that the angle of the photo and even his clothes

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Entry by th0tmaster

Before taking this iconic photograph of Gandhi, the photographer Margaret Bourke-White was told she had to learn how to use the spinning wheel. She di

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Entry by Chan Teik Onn

CRACKEDo How on Earth does a photograph of a milk drop become SO iconic? Because it took Harold Edgerton, the photographer, two decades to get this sh

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Entry by lemonstar

CRACKED.cO John F. Kennedy Jr. had a lot of practice for his famous salute. For months, his mother insisted he learn a proper salute so he could perfo

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Entry by Chan Teik Onn

CRACKED Before photographer Philippe Halsman shot this famous portrait of Albert Einstein, he asked the renowned physicist if he believed in lasting p

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Entry by marchv995

This iconic photograph of Jacqueline Kennedy doesn't capture one thing: Just how pissed off she is. The photographer, Ron Galello, notoriously stalked

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Entry by Ka-ga-mi

This iconic image of Che Guevara was just a random snap among many others from a mass funeral. 0000oOotcooinaon CRACKED CO

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Entry by OldManRivers

A famous photograph of President Abraham Lincoln... ...which is actually just his head superimposed on John C. Calhoun's body from a prior photo.

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Entry by PollyDarton

This is Barack Obama at 19. This is not a joint. Lisa lack took this photo of the future president in 1980 when he Was a freshman at Occidental Colleg

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