PHOTOS: 7 Most Iconic Photographs Ever taken

The creation of the camera indeed changed the world, with significant moments able to be captured forever. Today you’ll get to know some of history’s most iconic images; photos that have brought inspiration and every emotions of different levels,

These are the 7 best photographs of all time

#1 Afghan Girl;

Shot by: Steve McCurry in 1985


The Afghan Girl, Sharbat Gula.

This photograph initially featured on the cover of National Geographic in 1985. Steve McCurry walked through a refugee camp in Pakistan through a sea of tents and approached Sharbat Gula. The image became a sensation, her sea-green eyes entranced anyone who gazed across her face. McCurry reconnected with the Afghan Girl in 2002 and shared her story since the iconic photograph. Her more recent photographs tell the story of Pakistan, 23 years of war, 3.5 million refugees, and 1.5 million killed.

#2 Starving Child And Vulture;

Shot by: Kevin Carter, 1993

The Struggling Girl

The vulture and the little girl, also known as “The Struggling Girl”, is a famous photograph by Kevin Carter which first appeared in The New York Times on 26 March 1993.
In a jarring closeness, a girl suffering from famine is being stalked by a vulture. She is attempting to reach a United Nations feeding center in South Sudan, an area plagued by droughts and insufficient resources to combat the problem. Kevin Carter captured the image in 1993,

#3 Migrant Mother;

Shot by: Dorothea Lange, 1936

Migrant Mother

Captured by documentary photographer Dorothea Lange in 1936, the image of a worried but resilient mother was so powerful that it prompted the government to send 20,000 pounds of food to relieve starvation in a migrant worker camp, and may have helped inspire John Steinbeck’s literary classic The Grapes of Wrath.

#4 Falling Man;

Shot by Richard Drew at 9:41 AM, September 11th 2001.

The falling man

Without any context, this is a beautiful image of symmetry and composition. This photograph taken by Richard Drew, though, was captured at 9:41 AM during the September 11th attacks on New York City. It featured on newspapers around the world, with many criticizing publications for printing such jarring and disturbing content. This man has never been officially identified, but he represents the immense suffering that all in lower Manhattan went through that day.

#5 The Terror of war;

Shot by: Nick Ut, 1972

Terrified children in 1972

The terror of war or also known as the Napalm Girl is a Prize winning photograph taken by photo journalist Nick Ut, a Vietnamese American photographer who was working for the associated Press at that time. After his brother was killed in 1965 at the age of 27, Nick joined AP in 1966. First working in the darkroom, he later became a combat photographer just like his brother.
The photo we are looking at was taken with Leica M2 Kodak 400 tri x film as only 400 and 200 versions were available in Vietnam. The camera still exists and is stored in museum in Washington DC.

#6 A Man On The Moon;

By Nasa, 1969

A man on the moon

Neil Alden Armstrong was an American astronaut and aeronautical engineer and the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also a naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor

#7 Marthe Soucaret;

Marthe Soucaret, 18th September 1888.

Marthe Soucaret in 1888

On this day the first ever beauty queen, “the most beautiful girl on the planet” was judged an eighteen-year-old Creole girl from Guadeloupe: Marthe Soucaret. She was rewarded with an impressive cash prize of 5,000 francs, as well as the honour of appearing on the cover of French magazine L’Illustration. Sadly, almost nothing is known about what became of Soucaret, and how she lived her life. However, the idea of the beauty queen (as well as the glamorous magazine cover girl) itself certainly became a huge success.

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Written by Safia Amadu

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