For the fifth year in a row, Fortune magazine produced a photo essay starring the boards of directors of several Fortune 500 companies, a successful startup and one not-for-profit organization for our historic Fortune 500 issue. The boards of major corporations often seem mysterious; these groups of people are responsible for some of the most important company decisions, yet few members of the public know who they are, much less see them together.

“The Directors” puts faces to the names and gives our readers a colorful, inside look at the varying personalities advising companies (and CEOs) through good times and bad. It's a monumental effort to get these images, and we are immensely proud to have such important, iconic corporations in this year's portfolio. Coke, certainly, is a standout.

Colleen Leahey is a reporter with Fortune magazine. Follow her on Twitter @cmleahey.

Read about the Coca-Cola board shoot for “The Directors.”