Life and death never go away. As yin has its yang, so do happiness and sadness converge during our life. While some have the best time of their life, others have it worse. Some are caused by hunger and malnutrition, some by accidents, and some by wars that are totally out of their control. So, how can an individual give these people, who experienced so much pain, a perspective that they truly deserve?
Gunduz Aghayev realized that he could do something positive by giving these victims an alternative, imagined future. While people and the media have long associated these images with negativity, it's also nice to imagine that these are only kids who should have had a normal, happy life like the rest of us.
Napalm Girl is the infamous photo of a naked child during the Vietnam War. The girl in the picture is Phan Thi Kim Phuc, who was only nine years old when this Pulitzer Prize-winning photo was captured on June 8th in 1972.
Kevin Carter received Pulitzer Prize for this heartbreaking photo of a malnourished little girl and a vulture. Kevin committed suicide at the age of 33 leaving a note that read: "I'm really, really sorry. The pain of life overrides the joy to the point that joy does not exist... depressed ... without phone ... money for rent ... money for child support ... money for debts ... money!!! ... I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings and corpses and anger and pain ... of starving or wounded children, of trigger-happy madmen, often police, of killer executioners ... I have gone to join Ken if I am that lucky."
This is another photo showing the horrible environment in which Vietnamese children were living during the war. They didn't get to play normal child games as people were being killed and tortured around them. It was chaotic, and it was not a friendly environment at all.
This is the latest photo in Aghayev's "Imagine" collection. The 3-year-old child, Alan Kurdi, drowned when he and his family tried to cross the Mediterranean Sea as they tried to leave the conflict-torn Syria. The image caused global outrage and gave heightened attention to the plight of migrants.
The left image shows a Japanese boy holding his dead baby brother in 1945. He brought him to a cremation pyre, and he was standing all attentive. The right shows how good life is if only both siblings didn't have to face life's cruelties.
This is Huseynov's son. Elmar was an azerbaijani journalist who was killed. Being a journalist, who should be uncovering the truth for everyone, is a deadly profession, especially when there are a lot of powerful people who want to hide their dark secrets from public scrutiny.
Meet these young girls, Tehani and Ghada. What sets them apart from other girls in their age bracket is that they are already married. In some parts of Afghanistan, the culture of child brides is still strong, and it presents a stark contrast to how we imagine a girl's childhood, away from possible sexual and domestic abuse.
This photo shows a boy pointing where his bedroom once existed, where he could be in the comfort of his own house when it's cold. However, due to Germans bombing his area during the Blitz, he became homeless in 1940.
Janusz Korczak aka Henryk Goldszmit was an educator and children's books author with a Polish-Jewish background. He was also a pediatrician and was known as Pan Doktor. He served as a director of Warsaw orphanage and refused to leave the institution during the Grossaktion War in 1942. Thus, he too was sent to the Treblinka extermination camp along with 192 orphans, to perish.