• The Most Viewed Photograph Ever
  • Posted 41 months ago by Jack Lowe · Art & Design · 37501 Views
  • It may not be the most striking or impressive of images, but the most viewed photograph of all time is probably "Bliss" - a photograph by Charles O’Rear which was set as Microsoft Windows XP's default wallpaper for the "Luna" theme and is estimated to have been seen by an audience of 1 billion.

    The photograph was taken by O'Rear (a former National Geographic photographer) while on a break from another assignment in California’s Napa Valley and was originally published back in 2002. O'Rear hasn't ever disclosed what Microsoft paid him for the rights to the image, but he has said it's an "extraordinary" amount.

    Speaking to blog Mashable about the image, O'Rear said: "All the folks I talk with agree it is the most 'recognizable' photo ever. If it were shown to a villager in rural China, for example, good chance they would recognize it. If it were shown to astronauts on the ISS, good bet they would know it, too. I have seen it appear in photos of the White House situation room, the Kremlin, etc."

    Image copyright: Microsoft

    • well that's a shame
    • don Posted 41 months ago · 183 Reply
    • I bet they paid him £100
    • Chris Posted 41 months ago · 202
    • Try adding four zeros.
    • Ryan Posted 41 months ago · 209 Reply
    • I actually met the guy few years ago who took this pic, super nice guy! Our App features quite a few wineries around this area www.WineryFinderApp.com, after this post maybe we will mention it in our App so that people can stop for bragging rights and take a pic of their own.
    • WineryFinderApp Posted 41 months ago · 182 Reply
    • Really interesting post. And what's interesting for me is how the media can change your feeling about an image. That's a nice photo, anything to tell, but the feeling (for me) it's not really good, it's something about problems, slow and old.
    • Paneburro Posted 41 months ago · 160 Reply
    • I think it sold for about 138k USD...
    • manu Posted 41 months ago · 111
    • coulda charged 10x that
    • chris Posted 40 months ago · 149 Reply
    • Nice. I wrote about ithis in 2011: http://jwvanwessel.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/bliss-de-meest-bekeken-foto-aller-tijden/
    • JWvanWessel Posted 37 months ago · 173 Reply
    • I have much better pics - so Microsoft, hit me up.
    • climatar Posted 37 months ago · 154 Reply
    • I glad to know that o'rear take a photo which is most popular in the world.
    • Barack obama Posted 30 months ago · 140 Reply
    • glad to see this photo and happy to know that its the most viewed photo :D
    • Towhid Mizan (BD) Posted 29 months ago · 137 Reply