photography as history?
Everyone who’s anyone has been moved or influenced by a photograph of some sort at sometime in their life. The following 10 photographs are by no means a definitive list of the most influential images in the relatively short history of the photograph as a medium but are intended non-the- less to provide at least a representation of the emotional, historical and often life changing effects that photography can have on current and future cultural opinions. If you don’t agree with my personal choices of the most influential photographs the world has so far witnessed, then please add your comments and suggestions at the end of this article. More TOP 10 lists.
Photograph 1: The Unknown Rebel (Tank Man). An anonymous man stands in front of a column of Chinese Type 59 tanks the morning after the Chinese military forcibly removed protestors from in and around Beijing
Photograph 2: Robert Capa - Loyalist Militiaman at the Moment of Death, Cerro Muriano, September 5, 1936. The death of a Republican, specifically an Iberian Federation of Libertarian Youth (FIJL) soldier during the Spanish Civil War, who was later identified as the anarchist Federico Borrell García
Photograph 3: William Anders - Earthrise. Earthrise is the name given to NASA image AS8-14-2383, taken by astronaut William Anders during the Apollo 8 mission, the first manned voyage to orbit the Moon.
Photograph 4: Joe Rosenthal - Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima. five United States Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman raising the flag of the United States atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.
Photograph 5: John Filo - Kent State Shootings. Mary Ann Vecchio, a fourteen-year-old runaway, kneeling over the body of Jeffrey Miller after he was shot dead by the Ohio National Guard.
Photograph 6: Nick Ut / The Associated Press. Phan Thị Kim Phúc, center, running down a road near Trảng Bàng, Vietnam, after a napalm bomb was dropped on the village of Trảng Bàng by a plane of the Vietnam Air Force. The village was suspected by United States Army forces of being a Viet Cong stronghold. Kim Phúc survived by tearing off her burning clothes.
Photograph 7: Kevin Carter. In March 1993 Carter made a trip to Sudan. The sound of soft, high-pitched whimpering near the village of Ayod attracted Carter to an emaciated Sudanese toddler. The girl had stopped to rest while struggling to a feeding center, whereupon a vulture had landed nearby. He said that he waited about 20 minutes, hoping that the vulture would spread its wings. It didn
Photograph 8: Peter Leibing - Conrad Schumann. East German border guard Conrad Schumann leaps into the French Sector of West Berlin over barbed wire on August 15, 1961.
Photograph 9: Malcolm Browne - Thích Quảng Đức. a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk burns himself to death at a busy Saigon road intersection on 11 June 1963. Thích Quảng Đuc was protesting against the persecution of Buddhists by South Vietnam's Ngô Đình Diệm administration
Photograph 10: Eddie Adams - General Nguyễn Ngọc Loan (December 11, 1930 –July 14, 1998) was the Republic of Vietnams Chief of National Police. Loan gained international infamy when he executed handcuffed prisoner Nguyễn Văn Lém, a Viet Cong soldier, on February 1, 1968 in front of Vo Suu, an NBC cameraman, and Eddie Adams, an Associated Press photographer. The Photo and film would become two of the most famous images in journalism and started to negatively change the American publics views on the Vietnam War