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Images from the contact sheet for Alfred Eisenstaedt's classic 1953 shoot with Marilyn Monroe.
Images from the contact sheet for Alfred Eisenstaedt's classic 1953 shoot with Marilyn Monroe.Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
Images from the contact sheet for Alfred Eisenstaedt's classic 1953 shoot with Marilyn Monroe.
Senator and presidential candidate John F. Kennedy (left) and his campaign manager, Robert Kennedy, confer in a hotel room during the Democratic National Convention, Los Angeles, July 1960.
The Kennedy brothers photographed in the same Los Angeles hotel room -- but the mood is quite different. Gone is the intense intimacy of the iconic shot: Bobby's jacket is off, liquor bottles are visible atop the bureau, and the cheerful botanical wallpaper dominates, lending the scene a more relaxed, business-as-usual vibe.
Audrey Hepburn, 1956.
Audrey Hepburn, 1956.
Robert Kennedy runs with his dog, Freckles, along the Oregon coast, 1968.
Robert Kennedy, 1968
Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, 1953
Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, 1953
John and Caroline Kennedy, 1958
John Kennedy holds his daughter Caroline while lounging on a bed at home in Georgetown, 1958.
The playwright and composer Noel Coward poses in the desert outside Las Vegas, 1955.
Noel Coward, 1955
John and Jackie Kennedy celebrate his inauguration before a jubilant, well-heeled crowd, January 1961.
John Kennedy, Inaugural Ball, 1961
Twenty-four -year-old Shirley MacLaine pulls a funny face with her 2-year-old daughter, Sachi Parker, during a portrait session with LIFE's Allan Grant.
Shirley MacLaine and Daughter, 1959
Children watch the story of "Saint George and the Dragon" at an outdoor puppet theater in Paris, 1963.
Children watch the story of "Saint George and the Dragon" at an outdoor puppet theater in Paris, 1963.
Images from the contact sheet for Alfred Eisenstaedt's classic 1953 shoot with Marilyn Monroe.
Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
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Hidden Frames: Unpublished Photos From Classic LIFE Assignments

Oct 01, 2014

Certain photos capture more than a moment: they capture history. Beyond the perfect lighting or the impeccable composition, there's something else: a hint of emotion in the subject's face, or perhaps a gesture that points to something deeper, something that elevates the image to a place where it helps defines a moment, or an entire era. Such classic images are incredibly rare—but what about the photos taken just before or just after those iconic shots?

LIFE.com scoured LIFE magazine's archives to find just such forgotten frames—pictures that were made on the same assignments as classic photos, but wound up never making it into print. Viewing these outtakes adds new dimensions to the history and personalities we think we know. Here, then, a look at nine famous LIFE photos, each compared with a picture from the same shoot. Seen side by side, each set offers a fascinating look into the way a single picture can inform—and sometimes even alter—our sense of history.

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