The Atlantic Wire describes how Oregonian photographer Randy L. Rasmussen didn’t even know he had taken one of the most iconic photos from the Occupy movement.
“I was just shooting everything that came to my attention because it was happening in like a 270 degree panorama below me. They had the horses moving into the crowd and I saw people falling down,” he said. “This is all happening so fast that I’m not seeing what I’m shooting. It’s getting dark so I crank the ISO up on my camera and at that point the camera’s seeing more than I am.” Someone yelled “oh man, they’re pepper spraying,” and right then, Rasmussen’s camera battery died. “I have another battery and I swap them out, and at that point it’s all over.”
Rasmussen sent his camera back to the office with a colleague, not knowing what it contained. Later, he said, “I was standing behind one of the photo editors while he was going through my take and he just let out this whoop, and there was that frame of the protester getting hit in the face.” They put the image online immediately, and it immediately grabbed the Internet’s attention.