Behind the Lens: 20 Eye-Opening Facts About Photos and Photography

1Longest photographic exposure

Longest photographic exposure

The longest photographic exposure in history went for 3 years straight. That means the shutter was open and capturing light for 3 years straight without the photo becoming overexposed.

2Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

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.

3Elvis Greatest Sh*t

Elvis 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.

4Jamie Livingston

Jamie Livingston

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.

5Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

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.

6Rafał Bujnowski

Rafał Bujnowski

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.

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8Loch Ness Monster

Loch Ness Monster

The man who took the most memorable photo of the Loch Ness Monster confessed to it being fake on his deathbed.

9Hotel fire

Hotel fire

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.

10Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves

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.

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