Photobombing is the act of purposely putting oneself into the view of a photograph, often in order to play a practical joke on the photographer or the subjects. Photobombing has received significant coverage since 2009. In discussing a "stingray photobomb" picture that went viral, Andrea DenHoed suggests that the photobomb label "implies a narrative of surreptitious sabotage," although in the sense of unintended and/or initially unnoticed people in the background of spoiled photographs, photobombs have existed for much of the history of photography.
Photobombing has been known to get global exposure, mainly due to the bandwidth and ease of dissemination afforded by the Internet, and the abundance of snapshots by smartphone cameras and other hand-held devices. A number of websites include sections on them, or are entirely devoted to photobombs.
Photobombing can be described as a person, intentionally or unintentionally appearing in a photograph of someone or something else and intentionally or unintentionally taking the focus and attention off of the intended subject.
Examples in the media
- Bill Clinton photobombed Kelly Clarkson during her performance of "My Country 'Tis of Thee" at Obama's second inauguration in 2013. A few weeks later Clarkson herself photobombed Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
- Aaron Rodgers, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers in the NFL, is well known for photobombing the captain's picture before every game (if he has not been elected a captain himself).
- Edwards, Phil (25 September 2015). "This 1853 image might show the first photobomb". Vox. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
- "Definition of photobomb". Oxford English Dictionary. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
- DenHoed, Andrea (9 October 2012). "A Few Words About the Stingray Photobomb". The New Yorker. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
- After receiving Royal seal of approval photobomb beats twerk, Tinder, bakeoff and normcore to be named Word of the Year
- "Bill Clinton photobomb with Kelly Clarkson at inauguration goes viral". Archived from the original on January 23, 2013. Retrieved 2017-06-04.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- "MTV Buzzworthy: Kelly Clarkson Pulled Off The Best Photobomb EVER At The Grammys!! (PHOTO)". Buzzworthy. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
- Zach Kruse. "The Best of Aaron Rodgers' Photobombs". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
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