15 Of The Most Iconic Photographs

    Jeff Widener – Tank Man
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    On June 5, 1989, protests where taking place at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. When the chinese military brought in re-enforcements one extremely brave man stood up to tanks, to this day his identity is still unknown as well as his whereabouts. Four people claim to have took photos of the event, but the most famous was this one by Jeff Widener.

    Kevin Carter – Vulture Stalking a Child
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    This horrific photo shows a starving Sudanese child being stalked by a vulture. Kevin Carter, won a Pulitzer Prize for this photo. Kevin was criticised for spending over 20 minutes setting up the photo instead of helping the child. Three months after taking the photo, he committed suicide.

    Alberto Korda – Che Guevera
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    Alberto Korda’s photograph of Che Guevera has become a symbol of the 20th century, the photograph was taken while Che was attending a memorial service for the victims of the La Coubre explosion. The picture is printed on the Cuban 3 Peso banknote.

    Neil Armstrong – Moon Landing
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    There are many pictures of the 1969 Moon Landing this one is of Buzz Aldrin posing on the Moon which allowed Neil Armstrong to photograph both of them using the visor’s reflection.

    Steve McCurry – Afghan Girl
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    This photo was taken in the Nasir Bagh refugee camp in Pakistan in 1984 after the soviet union had bombed Afghanistan. The photo then appeared on the cover of the National Geographic magazine in June 1985, the identity of the girl remained unknown for over 17 years, until in January 2002 a National Geographic team traveled to Afghanistan to locate her.

    Richard Drew – The Falling Man
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    The Falling Man photo was taken by Richard Drew at 9:41:15 a.m. on September 11, 2001. The story appeared in Esquire magazine in september 2003 and was then later made into a film. The identity of the man still remains unknown.

    Nick Ut – Phan Thị Kim Phùc
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    On June 8, 1972, America dropped a napalmbomb on Trang Bang. The photo above was of people fleeing the bomded area, it was taken by Nick Út who won many awards for the photograph including the Pulitzer Prize.

    John Filo – Kent State Shooting
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    On May 4, l970 members of the Ohio National Guard fired into a crowd of Kent State University demonstrators, killing four and wounding nine Kent State students. The impact of the shootings was dramatic. The event triggered a nationwide student strike that forced hundreds of colleges and universities to close.

    William Anders – Earthrise
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    Earthrise was taken by astronaut William Anders during the Apollo 8 mission in 1968. It has been quoted as “the most influential environmental photograph ever taken.” In 1969 the US Postal Service issued a stamp of the image.

    Alfred Eisenstaedt – V–J day in Times Square
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    This photograph was taken on August 14, 1945, it was on V-J Day in Times Square. The photograph was then published in Life magazine a week later along with three other kissing poses from celebrations in other cities.

    Malcolm Browne – Thích Quàng Đức
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    Thích Quảng Đức burned himself to death at a busy Saigon road intersection on 11 June 1963. He was protesting against the persecution of Buddhists by South Vietnam’s Ngô Đình Diệm administration. Photos of his self-immolation shocked the world and brought attention to the policies of the Diệm regime.

    Frank Powolny – Betty Grable
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    In 1943 Betty Grable posed for the pinup photo, she was one of the most popular pin-up girls. Her poster was seen in the lockers of most G.I.s during World War II.

    Frank Fournier – Omaira Sánchez
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    On November 13, 1985 in Armero, Colombia, the Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupted which then led to Omaira Sanchez being trapped for 3 days in water, concrete, and other debris before she died. The photograph was taken by Frank Fournier shortly before she passed away.

    Yevgeny Khaldei – Soviet Flag over the Reichstag
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    This photo signifies the fall of Germany in World War II, the photo is of a Soviet Red Army soldier waving a flag above the German Reichstag. The original flag raising happened at 10:40 PM on April 30, 1945, but it was too dark so on May 2, 1945 Khaldei retook the picture the picture with two hand picked soldiers.

    Lawrence H. Beitler – Thomas Shipp & Abram Smith
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    On August 7, 1930, Lawrence Beitler took this photo of Thomas Shipp & Abram Smith being lynched to death and then hung from a tree. Since then the photogrpah has sold thousands of copies and even inspired a political poem called Strange Fruit.

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