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And of course the afghan girl, picture shot by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry. Sharbat Gula was one of the students in an informal school within the refugee camp; McCurry, rarely given the opportunity to photograph Afghan women, seized the opportunity and captured her image. She was approximately 12 years old at the time. She made it on the cover of National Geographic next year, and her identity was discovered in 1992.


Omayra S├ínchez was one of the 25,000 victims of the Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia) volcano which erupted on November 14, 1985. The 13-year old had been trapped in water and concrete for 3 days. The picture was taken shortly before she died and it caused controversy due to the photographer’s work and the Colombian government’s inaction in the midst of the tragedy, when it was published worldwide after the young girl’s death.


This photograph was taken by Yousuf Karsh, a Canadian photographer, when Winston Churchill came to Ottawa. The portrait of Churchill brought Karsh international fame. It is claimed to be the most reproduced photographic portrait in history. It also appeared on the cover of Life magazine



The photo is part of The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning entry (2000) showing how a Kosovar refugee Agim Shala, 2, is passed through a barbed wire fence into the hands of grandparents at a camp run by United Arab Emirates in Kukes, Albania. The members of the Shala family were reunited here after fleeing the conflict in Kosovo.


The photo is the “Pulitzer Prize” winning photo taken in 1994 during the Sudan Famine.

The picture depicts stricken child crawling towards an United Nations food camp, located a kilometer away.

The vulture is waiting for the child to die so that it can eat him. This picture shocked the whole world. No one knows what happened to the child, including the photographer Kevin Carter who left the place as soon as the photograph was taken.

Three months later he committed suicide due to depression.


Picture of segregated water fountains in North Carolina taken by Elliott Erwitt.Blacks and White people separated by quiet a distance



1q70x9nu664maarvc9sBliss is the name of a photograph of a landscape in Napa County, California, east of Sonoma Valley. It contains rolling green hills and a blue sky with stratocumulus and cirrus clouds. The image is used as the default computer wallpaper for the “Luna” theme in Windows XP.

The photograph was taken by the professional photographer Charles O’Rear, a resident of St. Helena in Napa County, for digital-design company HighTurn. O’Rear has also taken photographs of Napa Valley for the May 1979 National Geographic Magazine article Napa, Valley of the Vine.

O’Rear’s photograph inspired Windows XP’s US$ 200 million advertising campaign Yes you can.


Picture of bodies at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. Company rules were to keep doors closed to the factory so workers (mostly immigrant women) couldn’t leave or steal. When a fire ignited, disaster struck. 146 people died that day.


One of the rarest portraits of Karl Marx


This photo makes the list, simply because it is the earliest known permanent photograph to exist. It was taken by French inventor Nicephore Niepce in 1826.

“Raising The Flag On Iwo Jima” is an inspiring photo taken by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945. The photograph depicts five U.S. marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman raising the American flag on top of Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima during World War 2. The Pulitzer Prize winning photo is easily the most recognizable image of the war, and one of the most reproduced photographs ever.


For many years, this picture was considered the very symbol of humanity, and is still one of Life Magazine’s most famous photos. The fetus was one of the first ever photographed with an endoscope, taken by Lennart Nilsson in 1965.


Easily one of the most beautiful photos ever, “Pillars Of Creation” was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope on April 1, 1995. It is a giant nebula over 7,000 light years away from Earth, that acts as a “stellar nursery” for new stars. The “pillars” are massive clouds of hydrogen gas and dust illuminated by nearby newborn stars. Just about everyone in the world would recognize this photo, although some may not be exactly sure what it is!


This photo is extraordinary because it captures the exact moment in time that man first took to the skies in flight, even if it was for only 12 seconds. Orville and Wilbur Wright, two bicycle mechanics from Ohio, made history that day, December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In the words of Orville Wright:

"This flight lasted only 12 seconds, but it was nevertheless the first in the history of the world in which a machine carrying a man had raised itself by its own power into the air in full flight, had sailed forward without reduction of speed, and had finally landed at a point as high as that from which it started."


“Pale Blue Dot” was taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft, showing the earth against the backdrop of the Solar System. A book of the same name by astronomer Carl Sagan was inspired by the photo


“The Blue Marble” was taken by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft on December 7, 1972, about 28,000 miles from Earth. The astronauts had the sun behind them when they took this image, and it is one of the few images in existence that shows a fully lit Earth. The astronauts noted that the Earth from this distance resembled a child’s glass marble (hence the name). Many see the image as a personification of the Earth’s isolation and vulnerability. It is the most widely distributed image in human history.


This image depicts the deepest photo of the visible universe thus far in history, released by NASA on in March of 2004. This view is composed of two separate images taken by Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys, and the Near Infrared and Multi-Object Spectrometer. It reveals the first galaxies to emerge shortly after the big bang (400-800 million years, short in astronomical terms) when the first stars reheated the cold and dark universe. The image contains over 10,000 galaxies, of varying shapes, sizes, and colors


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