16+ Incredible Photographs of History
Execution of a Viet Cong Guerrilla [Vietnam, 1968]
Photographer Eddie Adams took this photograph of Nguyen Ngoc Loan, South Vietnam’s national police chief executing this Viet Cong captain. Adams later said that he regretted that the world did not see Loan as a hero for his actions in Vietnam.
V-J Day [New York, 1945]
This is one of the most famous photographs from the Second World War. The soldier and the nurse are unknown but people have come forward to claim the fame. Apparently the nurse slapped the soldier immediately after. The event was the celebration of the end of the war and it was taken in Times Square by Alfred Eisenstaedt.
Looking Down Sacramento Street [San Francisco, 1906]
This photo was taken on April 18th, 1906. It is the most famous photograph of the devastation caused by the great fire and earthquake. It was taken by Arnold Genthe on a borrowed camera.
Hitler in Paris [Paris, 1940]
This photograph was taken of Adolf Hitler visiting Paris with his architect Albert Speer, on June 23, 1940. Hitler’s army had captured Paris and Hitler went to admire his new City.
The Body of Che Guevara [Bolivia, 1967]
After capturing and killing Guevara (Marxist revolutionary), the Bolivian army showed this photograph to prove that he was dead. His death dealt a death blow to the socialist revolutionary movement in Latin America and the Third World.
Phan Thị Kim Phúc [Vietnam, 1972]
The girl in the centre of this photograph is 9 year olf Kim Phúc. She is running from a napalm attack which caused serious burns on her back. The boy is her older brother. Both survived. This photo (by Huynh Cong Ut) became one of the most published of the Vietnam war.
Vatican II Begins [Vatican City, 1960]
This is a photograph of Pope John XXIII signing the document that officially started the Second Vatican Council. After his death, Pope Paul VI continued the council which was to change the Catholic Church so much that has become barely a reflection of what it was before. On his deathbed, John XXIII is rumoured to have said “Stop the council!”
Soviet Flag raised above the Reichstag [Berlin, 1945]
Soviet Union soldiers Raqymzhan Qoshqarbaev, and Georgij Bulatov raising the flag on the roof of Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany in May, 1945. The photograph was taken by Yevgeny Khaldei.
Tiananmen Square [China, 1989]
Probably the most famous image from the student uprising in China in 1989, this photograph shows a single person blocking the tanks that were emerging on the square. The man survived but shortly after the square was filled with innocent blood.
The Lynching of Young Blacks [Indiana, 1930]
This photograph was taken after the lynching of two young black men accused of raping a white girl. They were hanged by a mob of 10,000. The faces of the crowd are very telling. A third man was saved by the girls uncle who said he was innocent.
June 11, 1963 MALCOLM W. Brown, USA, The Associated Press. The Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc autoinmola was set on fire in Saigon in protest against religious persecution government sudvietnamita. Source and copyright www.worldpressphoto.org
April, 1964 DONALD MCCOLLIN, UK, The Observer, QUICK, life. A woman cries in Turkish Cyprus by the death of her husband, a victim of the Greek civil war. Source and copyright www.worldpressphoto.org
February 24, 1966 KYOICHI Sawa, Japan, United Press International. The U.S. troops dragged the body of a soldier in Viet Cong Tan Bihh, South Vietnam. Source and copyright www.worldpressphoto.org
The Last Jew in Vinnitsa [Ukraine, 1941]
This was found in the personal album of an Einsatzgruppen soldier. It was labelled on the back “The last Jew of Vinnitsa”. All 28,000 of the Jews living there were killed at the time.
Migrant Mother [Oklahoma, 1936]
This photograph of Florence Owens Thompson (32 year old mother of 7) is one of the great representations of the Great Depression. The photograph was taken by Dorothea Lange after Florence had sold her tent to provide food for her children.
Footprint on the Moon [Lunar, 1969]
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong put his left foot on the rocky Moon. It was the first human footprint on the Moon. They had taken TV cameras with them. The first footprints on the Moon will be there for a million years. This photograph was taken by Buzz Aldrin.
The First Photograph [France, 1826]
Taken by Nicéphore Niépce, this is the first photograph ever taken which still exists. He called his method heliography (sun writing) and this photograph took 8 hours of exposure time (hence sunlight on both sides of the building).
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