35 Of The Most Powerful Pictures Ever Taken
Every now and then a photograph is taken which is so undeniably poignant that it serves the earth like a distinct memory does for us.
Sometimes these snapshots in time are too horrible to contemplate and sometimes they show the very best and brightest of humanity.
Either way, each one deserves the thought it gets and here are some of the most powerful pictures out there.
A soldier from the Vietnam war telling us the truth.
“Wait For Me Daddy,” by Claude P. Dettloff, October 1, 1940: As soldiers march in British Columbia on to a waiting train, five-year-old Whitey Bernard runs to reach out for his father.
12-year-old Diego Frazão Torquato, from Brazil, playing the violin at his teacher’s funeral who had helped him escape poverty and violence through music
Scott Jones kisses his girlfriend Alex Thomas after she was knocked to the ground by a police officer’s riot shield in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Dr. Religa monitors his patient’s vitals after a 23 hour long heart transplant surgery. His assistant is sleeping in the corner.
The patient not only survived the surgery, but outlived his doctor.
Father and son in 1949 and 2009
A man after finding out his brother has just been killed
A Buddhist monk shares his meal with a tiger at the Kanchanaburi ‘Tiger Temple’ in Thailand.
Christians protecting Muslims as they prey in the midst of the 2011 uprising in Cairo, Egypt
A fireman shares his water with a Koala Bear in after the 2009 bush fire in Victoria, Australia
Harold Whittles hears for the first time when a doctor places a hearing aid in his ear
“The Falling Man.” Man Falling from the World Trade Center on 9/11.
A boy trying to get his alcoholic father up
A Mars sunset
A 6 year old orphan from Austria after being given his first pair of new shoes by the American Red Cross in 1946
Sergeant Frank Praytor looks after a two-week old kitten during the height of the Korean War.
A Filipino boy carrying his dog through the floods
The first mother in space. Anna Fisher, astronaut, with stars in her eyes on the cover of Life magazine in 1985.
A North Korean man waves his hand as a South Korean relative cries following a meeting during the inter-Korean temporary family reunions at Mount Kumgang resort October 31, 2010. Four hundred and thirty-six South Koreans were allowed to spend three days in North Korea to meet their 97 North Korean relatives that they had not seen since the 1950-53 war.
A WW2 Russian tank veteran found the tank in which he passed through the entire war – standing in a small Russian town as a monument
“La Jeune Fille a la Fleur,” by Marc Riboud, shows the young pacifist Jane Rose Kasmir planting a flower on the bayonets of guards at the Pentagon during a protest against the Vietnam War on October 21, 1967.
A woman weeps among to wreckage of her city after the devestating Japanese earthquake and Tsunami
The Graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, Holland, 1888
A French civilian cries in despair as Nazis occupy Paris during World War II.
PoW Horace Greasley defiantly confronts Heinrich Himmler during an inspection of the camp he was kept in. He is also famous for escaping the camp and sneaking back in more than 200 times to meet in secret with a local German girl he had fallen in love with.
Protester plays piano over the sounds of chaos, with riot police in the backdrop.
Lt. Colonel Robert L. Stirm is reunited with his family after being taken prisoner during the Vietnam war.
The iconic photo of Tank Man, the unknown rebel who stood in front of a column of Chinese tanks following the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
Jewish prisoners at the moment of their liberation from an internment camp “death train” near the Elbe in 1945.
Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for 7 months
British Prime-Minister, Sir Neville Chamberlain, waving the Munich Treaty which was created with the intentions of preventing a war between Britain and Germany. 6 months later Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia which lead to World War 2 and the death of other 60 million people.
A boy selling newspapers revealing the tragic news of the Titanic being struck and sunk by an iceberg. “She took 1,517 women, men and children to the bottom of the ocean with her, including some of the most famous names of her time.”
A photo taken by astronaut William Anders during the Apollo 8 mission in 1968