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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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