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The intention of speaking about the cameras behind great iconic pictures is not simply to talk about gear. It’s about recognition. The tool itself, in different brands and formats, fades when the product it renders comes alive.
Many of the following pictures have had huge global audiences and transcended generations. The specific types of camera were inseparable from the photographer's intent while working.
When analyzing some of the most iconic images of the twentieth century, it’s surprising to discover how diverse the photographer’s gear selection has been.
It is curious how, a couple decades ago, photographers used the same piece of gear for years. Nowadays we have a huge variety of gear that is updated practically every year, and it’s sad to see people worry about the latest and greatest instead of committing themselves to doing work that really matters.
The following examples are not intended to be gear reviews, but rather an homage to the tools used to craft some of the world's most important images.