In 1945, Army photography David Conover saw a young woman on the Radioplane assembly line whom he thought had potential to a model. He photographed her working on the OQ-3 model, which led to a screen test for the woman, who soon changed her name to Marilyn Monroe.
12Elvis Greatest Sh*t
A bootleg record was released entitled "Elvis' Greatest Sh*t" consisting of Elvis' worst material. It also featured a photo of his dead body on the cover.
Jamie Livingston was a photographer who took a Polaroid photo every day from March 31st, 1979 until his death on his 41st birthday, October 25th, 1997. His photos covered everyday life, including his engagement and marriage, and struggle with a brain tumor. His entire collection is available online.
The infamous photo of Winston Churchill with his grumpy look was taken when a photographer named Yousef Karsh plucked the cigar straight from Churchill's mouth and took the photo.
Polish painter, Rafał Bujnowski, painted a photo-realistic self-portrait in black and white, had it photographed and enclosed the picture as his official photo in the U.S.A. visa application form. Eventually, the artist received a passport with a replica of his own painting.
Lincoln was the first president to be photographed for his inauguration and John Wilkes Booth was in that photo.
17Loch Ness Monster
The man who took the most memorable photo of the Loch Ness Monster confessed to it being fake on his deathbed.
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In 1946, a Georgia Tech Graduate Student and amateur photographer rushed to the scene of a hotel fire and snapped a photo that would win him a Pulitzer. The photo is of a woman jumping from the 11th story to escape the flames and led to new safety regulations across the US.
After a photo of Keanu Reeves looking sad and eating a sandwich alone on a bench went viral, he responded by writing a book of sad poems entitled "An Ode to Happiness" as a joke.
A German officer asked Picasso "Did you do this", when he saw a photo of the painting 'Guernica', a painting about the effects of German Bombardment on the Spanish Town of Guernica, Picasso simply responded, "No you did."