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The Stories Behind The Most Iconic Photos Of All Time

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06/09/2016 12:28 PM AEST | Updated September 6, 2016 17:05

One trillion photos were taken in 2015. That's 1,000 billion pictures.

Or in layman's terms, a lot.

Though some photographs, whether taken recently or throughout history, have become iconic. Not so much for the composition, colours or depth of field, but for the subject matter or event the picture cements.

Take The Hindenburg Disaster for example. The black and white photograph was snapped by Sam Shere in 1937 and captured the moment the German passenger airship perished when attempting to dock in New Jersey. Sadly there were 36 fatalities and Shere just so happened to be there at the exact moment the fire broke out.

The iconic shot of Marilyn Monroe standing over a subway air vent with her white skirt lifted in the air was taken during the filming of The Seven Year Itch. Photographer Sam Shaw actually snapped a series during the scene's filming, but one photograph -- with Monroe holding her skirt down in one hand with the other in her hair -- became famous.

In 2001 Tom Frankin took a moving photograph of three NYC firefighters raising an American flag at Ground Zero after the September 11 terrorist attacks. The picture has gone on to represent resistance.

Check out the below infographic for more iconic pictures taken throughout history and the stories behind them.

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Infographic from Parrot Print.

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