The cover image for Time‘s Person of the Year, President-Elect
Barack Obama, was not an official photograph, but a newer (smiling) version of Shepard Fairey’s now-ersatz official and decidedly
ubiquitous portrait, which has been elevated to icon status. What other images have this distinction? I can think of Milton
Glaser’s Dylan, Avedon’s Beatles, as well as portraits of Mao, Marilyn,
and Che. Can you think of other portraits–drawn, painted, or
photographed–with as much pictorial recognition? Let me know what you think in the comments!

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About Steven Heller

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.