Unless you’re a photography buff, you probably have no idea what the people behind some of the most famous photos in the world actuall look like. US photographer Tim Mantoani, however, aims to fix all that with his epic “Behind Photographs” series. It all started in 2006, when Mantoani rented a 20×24 Polaroid camera (itself an extraordinary rarity), which weighs 235 pounds (106kg) and has its own custom wheeled tripod.
“The cameras are very unique and render an image of 20×24 images once the film is ‘peeled apart” says Mantoani. “Since renting the camera was expensive, I wanted shoot something that was important to myself and I called a couple of photographers that I knew, legendary music shooter, Jim Marshall and sports shooter, Michael Zagaris. The process for both myself and subjects was special and I knew I was onto something, as the viewer could appreciate both the photograph and photographer in a single image. I also had each of them write about their photograph on the bottom of the print. From there, I began to approach other photographers, shooting from California to Boston, and over a period of five years recorded over 150 photographers on this format.“