A professional photo shoot is one of the few ways that humans can hold on to past times and memories. Taking photos has become more and more popular as technology has made photography one of the most accessible forms of art. No matter the event, most people now have the ability to photograph it.
The public has seen so many iconic images over the years and we want to share with you 10 of the most famous and iconic photos over the past several years. Hopefully, you’ll recognize most of them and learn something new about the history behind one of these famous photos.
Twiggy, by Barry Lategan
When it comes to recognizable famous photos, Twiggy by Barry Lategan is easily one of the most popular. This photo of Twiggy set the standard for beauty in the late 1960’s. Still today, people will draw small lines under their bottom eyelashes to get the iconic “Twiggy look”, showing how powerful the images truly were.
Many people are surprised to hear that Twiggy was just 17 years old during this photoshoot with Barry Lategan. This photo was sent to the Daily Express, a tabloid newspaper in the United Kingdom. From then on the young woman became the face of 1996.
Owen Bruce for Elle Canada
The majority of the time, editorials are fairly straight forward. The set is kept to a minimum in terms of props and nothing too exciting is involved. Owen Bruce had a different idea when he produced a spread for Elle Canada in the autumn of 2015.
Looking at this photo makes you a part of a fun event or even a classic children’s tale such as Alice in Wonderland. The bright colors and exciting props draw the eye of the reader in. This, of course, truly stood out of the editorial images of the time and still does, to this day.
ESPN Body Issue
The most recent iconic photoshoot is from the famous sports magazine by ESPN. In 2019 ESPN Magazine released The Body Issue. This was a bold move for the company and it resulted in global praise. As you turn through several pages of The Body Issue, you will see a myriad of athletes. Seems normal for a sports magazine, right?
Well, ESPN decided that all these famous athletes should pose nude. This allowed the world to see real bodies, unedited. Obviously these athletes have amazing bodies, but you also got to see stretch marks, scars, muscles, and more. Something unique about this shoot is that it shows the strength of naked body, without sexualising it. A modern trend of not airbrushing and perfecting models has taken over, and ESPN really made news when they pushed it into the athletic world. This empowers both readers and future athletes.
Anna Wintour’s First Vogue Cover
Anna Wintour is one of the most famous people in the world of fashion. She has been the Editor in Chief in Vogue since 1988. That same year she got the honor of styling her first magazine cover in November. The cover separated itself from the rest of the industry. The majority of other editorials would have people perfectly posed in the latest makeup look and fashion trends.
The model on the cover, Michaela Bercu, was photographed on the streets of New York City instead of in a studio. Another way that this stood out for Vogue is that Michaela Bercu was a model, not a celebrity. Up until this 1988 cover, vogue had only had celebrities featured on the cover. Lastly, the suit pants that the model was set to where were too small. On a whim, she decided to wear jeans instead. This cover was perpendicular to what fashion magazines and editorial had been prior. All of these factors easily make Anna Wintour‘s first Vogue cover iconic.
David and Victoria Beckham for Vogue Italia – July 2003
Speaking of icons in the fashion world, Victoria Beckham as made quite a name for herself. Originally, she found fame as Posh Spice in the insanely popular U.K. girl group The Spice Girls. Her husband, David, is best known for his football skills. He has played for the likes of Manchester United, the Los Angeles Galaxy, and of course, the England National Team. These two love birds had a steamy spread in Vogue Italia in July 2003.
There are some photos of each Beckham individually, but the more famous of them are the pair together. Victoria and David are scantily clad in said photos and the images are rather intense. These two were usually seen properly dressed, but Vogue Italia knows that sex sells. There were plenty of things implied during this photoshoot with Steven Klein and we’re not complaining. Nearly 20 years later and the couple still looks amazing!
Nykhor In Bloom
Nykhor Paul is one of the most beautiful and famous supermodels in the world. Kasia Bielska, a photographer, photographed Nykhor Paul in front of bright pink backgrounds and incorporated pink props and accessories to Paul’s outfit. This shoot was for The Lab Magazine in 2014. Some photos had a pink background with Nykhor in light pink attire, while others had her in all white in front of a white backdrop.
With Nykhor’s beautiful skin tone across the minimalist pink theme, this shoot became rather iconic. One photo even has topless Paul drinking what looks to be a glass of strawberry milk. The final photos look like they should be framed and put on walls, instead of only gracing the editorial section of The Lab Magazine. Kasia, we’ll take one of each on canvas, please!
Kate Moss on the cover of Vogue
You’d have to be living under a rock to not know who Kate Moss is. She is easily one of the most iconic supermodels of our time. She was recruited by a modeling agency at just 14 years old in the late eighties. A few years later in the middle of the nineties, Moss became a household name thanks to the heroin chic fashion trend. Not surprisingly, her first Vogue cover shoot has become one of the most famous of all time.
In this photo, Kate was just19 years of age. It graced the cover of British Vogue in the spring of 1993. The cover photo gave Moss the nickname “the face of London Style” due to her large eyes, big lips, and flawless skin. Decades later and she’s still a household name! Good work, Kate!
Steven Klein for Vogue
After the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11th, 2001, America was tense. No one wanted to see the glitz and glamor of fame during the worst time in the history of the country. Thankfully, Steven Klein delivered something to make a statement to the American people and anyone else watching.
This photo was released in Vogue just two months after the terrorist attacks. The model wore common clothing and stood tall in front of the flag for the United States. Simple, yet big. All of the other photos in the editorial shoot had the same theme and the theme was amazing.
Marilyn Monroe by Ben Ross
Ben Ross photographed the timeless Marilyn Monroe several times. Out of all the photoshoots they did together, there is a set where Monroe is adorned in striped trousers and a black turtleneck. All of these photos show who Marilyn was. She was glamorous, yet appeared to be the girl next door. Men wanted her and women wanted to be her. Not much has changed if we’re being honest.
When most people think of Marliyn Monroe, the famous photo from a movie set of her holding her dress down on top of the subway grate comes to mind. While that wasn’t necessarily a photoshoot, we feel like it deserves an honorable mention. The image itself was staged. It was thought that it would get her press, and some people believe that she set this up in a way to get people talking, and, of course, it worked. She was even quoted saying, “Isn’t that delicious?” as it was happening.
The Power of the White Shirt, by Peter Lindbergh
Last but not least, Peter Lindergh had a photoshoot in the late 1980s that featured six famous supermodels. The six were Estelle Lefébure, Karen Alexander, Tatjana Patitz, Linda Evangelista, Rachel Williams, and Christy Turlington. All six women were wearing, you guessed it, a white shirt. There are several things that make this photo iconic. For starters, all the women wore men’s dress shirts.
While this may not seem like a big deal now, gender constraints were much more prevalent in the eighties. You may also notice that the women don’t have makeup on and their hair isn’t professionally styled. According to Peter Lindbergh, nothing in the final photograph was retouched. This shows how beautiful people are without any of the expensive clothing, jewelry, and layers of Photoshop. Unfortunately, The Power of the White Shirt was turned down for publication, but now remains one of the top 10 most iconic photoshoots to ever exist.