2002  John Stanmeyer

Mobilizing the photo studio

Photographer John Stanmeyer had always appreciated the portability of his PowerBook, and he carried it with him to all corners of the earth. In 2002, while documenting the war in Afghanistan, the Mac allowed him to edit his photos from even the most remote locations and then quickly send them to clients. Editing in the field was something that previously required large equipment. This was when digital photography really took off.

A photo taken in December 2008 in a refugee camp in Suola, Ethiopia. When severe drought and military conflict created a humanitarian crisis along the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea, John Stanmeyer was the first photographer to reach the area and begin to document what was happening.
Stanmeyer arrived in Kabul a day after the Taliban fled the Afghan capital, finding a city utterly decimated by decades of war. In this haunting photo taken shortly after his arrival, a woman wanders through a desolate landscape that hardly resembles a city at all.

Released January 7, 2002

iMac

This iMac looked like no Mac before. Or after. It was the first iMac that featured an LCD screen — an innovation that led to a much thinner profile. When the display was mounted on an adjustable arm above a white hemisphere, the unique form really took shape. It wasn’t just a new iMac, it was instantly iconic.

What people did with it

In 2002, the iMac was many things to Mac users. Here’s how people say they used it the most.

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