The image was taken in 1987 as the group posed for a CD cover. The image became important in the history of the Web largely because Berners-Lee wanted to prove that the Web should be connected to the Internet and could be used for fun.
According to the photographer:
“The Web, back in ’92 and ’93, was exclusively used by physicists,” [Silvano] de Gennaro recalled. “I was like, ‘Why do you want to put the Cernettes on that? It’s only text!’ And he said, ‘No, it’s gonna be fun!’”
And fun it has been. Fast-forward 20 years later and the image created on Photoshop 1.0 is not much worse than some of the photoshopped images that lurk on modern day message boards. 20 years ago, the Web was transformed.