Lufthansa Hired Photographer Who Shot Windows XP Wallpaper To Take 3 New Wallpapers, And He Delivered Once Again




According to some estimates, about 1 billion people have seen Windows XP’s iconic wallpaper “Bliss,” making it the most viewed photograph in the world. Now, 21 years after he made the shot, Charles O’Rear aims to produce “the next generation of wallpapers,” and they look just as blissful.

“I am turning seventy-six and realize how much the Microsoft Bliss photograph has meant to my life,” O’Rear said. “As the photographer of the most viewed photo in history, I have enjoyed every minute of the fame.”

This time, the project called New Angles of America is directed towards smartphones users. “I am thrilled to create for Lufthansa a sequel to the “Bliss” photo on smartphones so that my views of other beautiful places can continue to be enjoyed by millions of people. After all, smartphones have become the primary place for the world to see new and interesting photography. And, I’m glad to be part of it.”

In 1996, O’Rear captured his famous shot in Sonoma County, California, with a medium format camera while on his way to see his girlfriend. At first, the image was sent to Corbis – an American advertising and licensing company – and afterward Microsoft purchased its rights in 2000, one year before the launch of Windows XP.

More info: newanglesofamerica.com (h/t petapixel)

This is Charles O’Rear, the photographer behind Windows XP “Bliss”

O’Rear captured his famous shot in Sonoma County, California, with a medium format camera while on his way to see his girlfriend

“I am turning seventy-six and realize how much the Microsoft Bliss photograph has meant to my life. As the photographer of the most viewed photo in history, I have enjoyed every minute of the fame”

Peek-A-Boo Slot (Utah)

White Pocket (Arizona)

“I am thrilled to create for Lufthansa a sequel to the “Bliss” photo on smartphones so that my views of other beautiful places can continue to be enjoyed by millions of people”

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    • Cleo Cat says:

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  10. Anonymous says:

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