Photography has created some of the most iconic rememberances of the last two hundred years. From war, to domestic, to outer space, cameras have helped to recreate our experience in a profound way that, some would say, has greatly enhanced our evolutionary speed.
Being able to see our own behavior, whether for good or bad, helps us to understand what we are, change it (in circumstances that call for it) and move on. We find ourselves less likely to repeate the past mistakes that are so clear to us.
Here are 20 of the most iconic photos ever taken.
#1 The Terror Of War, Nick Ut, 1972
#2 Starving Child And Vulture, Kevin Carter, 1993
#3 The Burning Monk, Malcolm Browne, 1963
#4 Lunch Atop A Skyscraper, 1932
#5 Falling Man, Richard Drew, 2001
#6 Tank Man, Jeff Widener, 1989
#7 Alan Kurdi, Nilüfer Demir, 2015
#8 Earthrise, William Anders, NASA, 1968
#9 Mushroom Cloud Over Nagasaki, Lieutenant Charles Levy, 1945
#10 Fire Escape Collapse, Stanley Forman, 1975
#11 V-J Day In Times Square, Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1945
#12 Jewish Boy Surrenders In Warsaw, 1943
#13 A Man On The Moon, Neil Armstrong, Nasa, 1969
#14 Pillars Of Creation, Nasa, 1995
#15 Bloody Saturday, H.s. Wong, 1937
#16 Albino Boy, Biafra, Don Mccullin, 1969
#17 Migrant Mother, Dorothea Lange, 1936
#18 The Hindenburg Disaster, Sam Shere, 1937
#19 Guerillero Heroico, Alberto Korda, 1960
#20 View From The Window At Le Gras, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, 1826