Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 9:00AM
You may not know the name Charles O'Rear, but most people in the world have seen his photography. How can that be, you wonder? Well, one of his stock photographs of California wine country, a green rolling hill with clouds in a rich blue sky - photographed before the hill and valley were planted with grapevines - became Microsoft's choice for its default wallpaper.
National Geographic photography Steve McCurry was on assignment in Pakistan when he had a rare opportunity to photograph this 12-year-old Afghani girl. The world was irresistably drawn to her image and the challenges that women face in society.
Visit WorldsFamousPhotos.com for more images and their fascinating stories.