Why Is Winston Churchill So Gloomy on His Most Famous Photo?

The most famous photo of Winston Churchill appeared on the cover of Life magazine in November 1952. But why does he look so pensive and gloomy on it?

The photo was taken during just two minutes after a speech that Churchill gave by Philippe Halsman. As always, Churchill was smoking his cigar, but Halsman didn't like it, removed it without even asking him, and took the photo.

And though a minute after Halsman managed to take several other photos of Winson Churchill where he looked not that sad, this photo became an iconic picture and made Philippe Halsman famous.

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