Friday, December 2, 2011

Pictures which changed our world

These pictures are just a paradigm of pictures which altered our modern societies and changed the way information and events spread to the global spectator. These pictures are even more important now because they existed at a time when TV crews where not in the forefront of events. The pictures here are those which probably shook our world more, being an icon of our epoch, showing the true face of world politics.

Tank Man, Jeff Widener (Associated Press).
This picture was taken from Beijing, 1989, at a time where numerous communist regimes in the world were collapsing. Chinese students gathered in a peaceful protest in Tiananmen Square asking for reforms. The tanks evacuated everyone, however one man remained in front of the tanks waving bags that he was holding in a peaceful manner, stopping the tanks. Nobody learnt his name, nevertheless he became a global symbol, expressing the view that making a difference was possible.

V-J Day, Times Square, 1945, Alfred Eisenstaedt.
This picture was taken at the end of WW II in the centre of New York city depicting the celebrations and happiness of the Americans, being one of the most iconic pictures of that time. This picture was on the cover of Life.

Shooting of a Vietcong, Eddie Adams, 1968. 
The chief of the Vietnamese Government Forces, Ngoc Loan pulled the trigger, killing the person in the picture. It seems that this person had killed dozens of police officers. However this highlighted the brutalities in Vietnam. This photo made it around the world, destroying Loan's life. The photographer is believed to have said, "Loan killed this Vietcong man with his gun. I killed Loan with my camera". 

Che Guevara, Alberto Korda, 1960.
Ernesto attended the funeral of the victims of an explosion in 1960. Alberto Korda took his picture, making it one of the most famous pictures of our era.

Benetton advert, Therese Frare, 1990
This picture depicts activist David Kirby spending his last painful moments in his bed surrounded by his family. He was weighed down by AIDS. A year after Benetton included this photo in its campaign in order to shock its consumers. 

Sudanese girl and Vulture, Kevin Carter, 1993.
Photojournalist Kevin Carter is in Sudan as part of a journalistic mission for the NY Times. He sees nearby an exhausted girl who was trying to reach the UN feeding centre located 1 klm away. A vulture is standing behind her, waiting for her to die in order to eat her. The photo won the Pulitzer.

Afgan girl, Steve McCurry, 1984.
This girl was known as the girl from Afganistan, whilst her identity remained unknown until 2002, when she revealed herself. Sharbat Gula became the symbol of the continuing struggle of immigrants across our planet.  It is one of the most successful covers of National Geographic Magazine. 

Phan Thi Kim Phuc, Nick Ut, 1972 (Associated Press).
In the village of Trang Bang, Vietnam, bombs blew up many kids and injured countless more. The naked girl in this picture suffered from severe burnings. After the photographer took this photo he helped the young girl, taking her to the hospital. Nick Ut won the Pulitzer and the little girl is currently working for UNESCO.

Pentagon Flower, Mark Riboud, 1967.
This is from a peaceful march towards the Pentagon, after the war between the USA and Vietnam commenced. A woman approaches a soldier and places a flower in the barrel of his gun. 

Lone Jewish Woman, Oded Bality, 2007 (Associated Press).
This was an award winning photo, reflecting the strength and faith of a single woman who tried to prevent the Israeli forces, which started removing settlers form the West Bank. 

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