The iconic 1956 Paris Match photo of a young, armed couple during the Hungarian Uprising was attributed to late photographer Jean-Pierre Pedrazzini for extra publicity. Russ Melcher, the photo’s real author, revealed himself decades later.
Khe Sanh, 1968. For war critics and news correspondents, it was a miniature microcosm for the War in Vietnam itself: 6,000 US Marines forced to defend an isolated untenable location that the top brass believed to be indispensable, only to abandon it after hundreds of Americans were sacrificed in its defense. A young photographer took these harrowing images of the battle and he didn’t live to see them published.
When the Communists first seized power in February 1949, they replaced Chiang Kai-shek not only literally but also on the Tiananmen. The first version of the iconic Mao was a hastily sketched portrait that stood barely a meter tall.