"Molotov Man" is Meiselas’s best-known image. The central picture (framed in white) captures Pablo Barauz, a member of the leftist Sandinista resistance during the Nicaraguan Revolution, in the act of throwing a bomb (made from a Pepsi bottle) at the headquarters of the National Guard. This photograph was one of several Meiselas took of the resistance that day; the strong convergence of action, silhouette, and aggressive energy imbue it with a life of its own, and it emerged as both the iconic image of the revolution and an international symbol of revolt against the Somoza dictatorship. Yet while the postrevolutionary Sandinista government employed Molotov Man as a symbol of strength to garner support for their causes, in the United States it was used conversely, as a symbol of aggression to raise funds to fight the Sandinistas. Meiselas created The Life of an Image: "Molotov Man," 1979–2009 to explore the dynamism of photographic meanings as determined by the relationships among author, context of presentation, and portrayed subject.