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20 Of The Most Iconic Photographs

This article is about 20 of The Most Iconic Photographs from around the world. It’s a most see collection.

1. Kevin Carter – Vulture Stalking a Child

This shocking photo depicts a starving Sudanese child being stalked by a patient vulture.

2. Mike Wells – Uganda

This example of emotive imagery is of child in Uganda holding hands with a missionary.

3. Stanley J. Forman – Fire on Marlborough Street
On July 22, 1975, Stanley J. Forman took this infamous photograph while working for the Boston Herald. He climbed on the back of a fire truck as it raced towards a reported fire at Marlborough Street.

4.Huynh Cong Ut – Napalm Strike
This photo of a naked and terrified young girl running towards Pulitzer prize-winning photographer Nick Ut has entered popular culture as a symbol of the horror of the Vietnam War.
5.Richard Drew – The Falling Man

“The Falling Man” is a photograph taken by Richard Drew at 9:41:15 a.m., on September 11, 2001 of a man falling from the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks in New York City.

6.Moon Landing
Possibly the most talked-about, debated and controversial picture in history, the picture of the moon landing has been seen as a feat of human engineering at its best, and has been speculated as a hoax by contractors of the event.

7. Eddie Adams – Nguyễn Ngọc Loan executing Nguyễn Văn Lém

Pulitzer prizes for their work, and this image is no exception. Eddie Adams was famous for his portraits of celebrties and for being a prolific photojournalist, having been in 13 wars.
8.Alberto Korda – Che Guevara
Alberto Korda’s well known photograph of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara, titled ‘Guerrillero Heroico’ or ‘Heroic Guerrilla’ has become a symbol of the 20th centry. It shows Che, as he was known, at a memorial service for victims of the La Coubre explosion.
9.Lawrence Beitler – Lynching

Lawrence Beitler took this iconic photograph on August 7, 1930, showing the lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith. It sold thousands of copies, which Beitler stayed up for 10 days and nights printing them.

10.Timothy H. O’Sullivan – Battle of Gettysburg
This photograph has become synonymous with The Battle of Gettysburg, which was the most bloody battle of the American Civil War.

11. Bin Laden Broadcasts

12. The Hudson River Crash
13. 11 September 2001 – World Trade Center

This picture of an angled commercial airplane crashing into the World Trade Center’s South Tower on September 11 2001 .
14. Alfred Eisenstaedt – V–J day in Times Square
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.
15.Lennart Nilsson – How Life Begins (1965)

This capture of an aborted fetus that was reprinted widely by pro-life activists.
16. Yevgeny Khaldei – Soviet Flag over the Reichstag
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.

17. Malcolm Browne – Thích Quàng Đức
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.
18.NASA – Pillars of Creation (1995)

19.Andreas Gursky – 99 Cent II Diptychon (2001)
Perhaps surprisingly, this dense photo of a supermarket is the most expensive photo ever sold, for $3,346,456 in a Feb. 2007 Sotheby’s auction.
20.Charles Moore – Birmingham (1963)
Moore’s photos of the open hostility against Martin Luther King Jr.’s nonviolent demonstrators rallied support for the blacks.


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