Everyone knows this picture, right? Its history?
Or this one's:
Yesterday, a friend of mine and I were discussing historical events of which a moment so poignant, so descriptive of what occured has been captured that it actually fulfills this (admittedly worn-out) saying "a picture says more than thousand words". Those photographs become a symbol, the pavlovian first thought one has when speaking of the event it is connected with.
It's truly amazing, if you ask me. How one picture can embody so many emotions one has connected with what happened; or how it can make you speechless; how it can put you on the same page with someone opposing your opinion about a certain event - if only for a moment, at least.
Other moments/photographs we could think of are (and I really don't feel like posting some of them here):
- The raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima
- The little girl with her burned skin after Hiroshima
- The dead soldier who had been dragged through Somalia
- The first footstep on the moon
I'd love to have more of those captured moments, but I couldn't think of any so far. So if you have anything, feel free to add. A link or description only, if you feel that the moment is too gruesome for being displayed. One rule: no pictures of famous people. Sure, a picture of Martin Luther King says a lot, but it is rather Martin Luther King
who is the message than the picture.