"Wait for Me, Daddy" — Then
"Wait for Me, Daddy," was shot in New Westminster, Canada, as the B.C. Regiment marched off to war. Five-year-old Warren Bernard broke free from his mother to say one last goodbye to his father. Within days of the photograph being taken, it made its way to the States and would be featured in LIFE magazine.
"Wait for Me, Daddy" — Now
Warren "Whitey" Bernard is now 79 and lives in Tofino. Bernard still donates his memorabilia from WWII to local museums. "The war ended when my father come home safely, but I want to ensure the memory of it is never forgotten by generations to come."
"Afghan Girl" — Then
Sharbat Gula was only 12 years old when photographer Steve McCurry captured the young refugee in Pakistan during the 1984 Soviet occupation. A year later, National Geographic Magazine made the haunting shot its June cover.
"Afghan Girl" — Now
Seventeen years later, Sharbat Gula and her photographer met again. Gula is now in her thirties but can't remember her actual age and lives in the mountains near Tora Bora with her husband and her three children. When asked if she's ever felt safe, she to Nat Geo, "No. But life under the Taliban was better. At least there was peace and order."
"Napalm Girl" — Then
The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph, "The Terror of War" shows Phan Thị Kim Phúc running naked down the road after being severely burned during a South Vietnamese attack. The photo was taken in Trang Brang by Nick Ut on June 8, 1972. Ut saved Phúc's life, rushing her to the nearest hospital and demanding treatment after flashing his American press credentials.
"Napalm Girl" — Now
Kim Phuc is now 51 years old. As a teenager, Phuc was accepted into medical school but was forced to quit by the new communist regime. In 1982, however, Vietnam's prime minister made plans for her to study in Cuba. Now a doctor and mother of two, she feels she has finally escaped the photo. "I have a husband and a new life and want to be normal like everyone else," she said in an interview with Huffington Post.
"Nirvana Baby" — Then
Nirvana's "Nevermind" was the album that took the band from a little known Seattle grunge group to superstardom. The album cover art, featuring a naked baby, would soon become just as iconic as the band.
"Nirvana Baby" — Now
The "Nirvana baby" is now 22 years old. An art student at Art Center College of Design, Spencer Elden says he's still introduced as the "Nirvana Baby." Elden's father was old college friends with Kirk Weddle, who shot the photograph. "My dad was an artist rigging special effects for Hollywood," he explained. "They went to the local pool, threw me in the water and that was it. It was a friend-helping-a-friend kind of thing."
"American in Italy" — Then
This photograph of more than a dozen men ogling a beautiful woman was shot in Florence, Italy in 1951. In the aftermath of WWII, Nanalee Craig, then 23, quit her job to travel alone around Europe. In Florence, she met another female traveler, Ruth Orkin, who was a photographer and would end up snapping the iconic shot.
"American in Italy" — Now
Craig is now 86. "Some people want to use it as a symbol of harassment of women, but that's what we've been fighting all these years," Craig said in a telephone interview with Today. "It's not a symbol of harassment. It's a symbol of a woman having an absolutely wonderful time!" Here Craig poses with the same orange shawl she wore in 1951.
"Migrant Mother" —Then
"Migrant Mother," the iconic image by photographer Dorothea Lange of this depression-era family remains a symbol of maternal strength and rural poverty. Although the subject and mother of ten, Florence Owens Thompson, passed away in 1983, her child on the left, is now 77.
"Migrant Mother" — Now
Katherine McIntosh spent her life as a factory worker at Frito Lay and now cleans houses. When asked in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle about her mother she says she doesn't remember her as an icon but "as a hard-working disciplinarian who loved red dresses and country music, drank Lucky Lager beer and chewed Garrett snuff." "I don't think my mother felt like she was lucky. She had a hard life," McIntosh added. "But she was proud of us kids and we never went hungry. And we were proud of her."
"Ringo Starr's 1964 Fan Shot" — Then
On The Beatle's first trip to America, Ringo asked these fresh-faced teens, who skipped class to see the band arrive, to roll down their window so he could snap this photograph.
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