The Backstory
The stories behind the image from subjects and photographers.

Best Magazine Assignment Ever: Neil Leifer’s 1984 Olympic Odyssey Around the World

Neil Leifer for Sports Illustrated

Neil Leifer spent a year traversing the globe to photograph athletes for TIME's 1984 Olympics special issue. From the plains of Kenya to Russia's Red Square to The Great Wall of China, Leifer used grand backdrops to photograph the athletic stars of the day.

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Asmaa Waguih–Reuters
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A Mural in Cairo: The Backdrop Of A Revolution

A mural near Tahrir Square serves as a backdrop to the continuing revolution. Painted over and re-painted, it endures as a reminder of history and hope for the future.

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Photo Illustration by Jeff Minton for TIME
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Behind the Cover: Capturing the American Dream

Jeff Minton photographed this week’s TIME cover story, which documents the history of the American Dream.

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©TIME-Photograph by Gian Paul Lozza for TIME
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Behind the Cover: America’s Undocumented Immigrants

Gian Paul Lozza photographed journalist Jose Antonio Vargas and 35 other undocumented immigrants for this week’s cover story.

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Jeff Widener—AP
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Tank Man Revisited: More Details Emerge About the Iconic Image

The story behind the iconic Tiananmen Square Tank Man photo didn’t end after the click of the shutter—the film had to be smuggled past Chinese soldiers in the underwear of an American college student named Kirk.

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Yuri Kozyrev—NOOR for TIME
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Afghanistan Now, Photographs by Yuri Kozyrev

Yuri Kozyrev visited Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai, and saw a Kabul that has been shaped by war.

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©TIME, Photograph by Douglas R. Gilbert—LOOK Magazine/Courtesy Library of Congress
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Behind the Cover: The Unseen Photos of Lenore and Mitt Romney

When Douglas Gilbert photographed Lenore Romney’s U.S. Senate campaign for LOOK Magazine in August of 1970, little did he know that one of his unused images would end up on the cover of TIME 42 years later.

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Photo by Marco Grob for TIME
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Behind the Cover: Marco Grob Photographs Benjamin Netanyahu

In late April, Marco Grob traveled to Jerusalem to photograph Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for this week’s cover story by TIME’s managing editor Rick Stengel.

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Christopher Morris—VII for TIME
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America’s Last Living POW: Christopher Morris Photographs a Family in Waiting

Photographer Christopher Morris, who has documented combat and statesmanship alike, traveled to Hailey, Idaho, to photograph Bob and Jani Bergdahl for TIME.

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Behind the Cover: Are You Mom Enough?

The four mothers photographed by Martin Schoeller for the cover of this week’s TIME discuss why attachment parenting resonates with them.

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