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IN History & Culture ON 20 Feb, 2015
It is beyond doubt that photographs have the power to change the world. Sometimes what words fail to express, photographs perfectly do.
Over centuries, world has witnessed so much. While some celebrated a victorious win, pouring drinks and enjoying lavish feasts, some were caught knee-deep in plague and famine. While they were shooting people, crashing planes and enjoying the show miles away; millions of families were mourning, for who they lost, changed their lives forever.
Every country, every state and every person have stories untold.
So, here is a little time travel. Let's go back and flip through the most significant historical moments that are etched in our hearts, not with words but with these photos. The stories behind them are fascinating, shocking, mesmerizing and overwhelming.
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This picture was taken in the year 1945 and symbolizes Russians victory over Germany! This image was unlike its inspiration is not spontaneous. Joe Rosenthal's photograph raising the American flag inspired the Soviets and they were determined. So they send over Khaldei from Moscow to Berlin and asked him to click a visually similar picture.
He clicked this picture with his crew of Soviet soldiers on the top of Building Reichstag. Though the picture was perfect, but one of the soldiers messed up. On his hand were two stolen watches. So he had to edit the image so many elements were altered. It was then printed on the cover of Journal Ogonjok and was appreciated by millions.
Police Cheif of South Vietnam Nguyen Ngoc Loan is shooting Vietcong Nguyen Van Lem. Lem just murders innocent people and the man with the gun had to do it. The picture is just taken at the moment of death. If you look closely you can actually see the bullet passing through his head.
The second world war had finally ended and the sailors were returning home on August 14, 1945. An enthusiastic sailor grabbed a nurse and kissed her in the middle of the road at Times Square. This image was definitely one of the biggest mysteries of the world. People all over the world were extremely curious to know who were these two people?
Many people came forward and pretended to be the people in the picture. It was some years later when photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, received a letter from the women herself Edith Shain. And in the year 2008 the sailor came forward Glen McDuffie. He is 81 years old now!
On June 8, 1972 Trang Bang in south Vietnam was bombed with Napalm. Soldiers in the area asked inhabitants to run as the bomb would kill them. This little girl Phan Thi Kim Puc was only 9 years old. The photographer was in tears when he took this photographer. The girls clothes were all burnt so she ran anyway with fellow children and soldiers. She was in so much pain and suffering that Huynh Cong "Nick" Ut said that he would have killed himself if he would have been unable to help the little girl.
Kevin visited Sudan to photograph the present state of famine and poverty. When he was there, he found a little girl, exhausted with hunger and crawling her way to the nearest feeding station of UN. Kevin photographed his eyes first and then while he was there an eagle came down and sat on the frame, waiting for this little girl to die. He said that he then sat down the tree, lit a cigarette and watched her for 20 minutes. He was depressed when he came back. This image won him the Pulitzer prize, but he was criticized. The things people said about him led him to kill himself, three months after he received the award.
This image brings up the memory of dreadful 9/11. Richard Drew was in the vicinity when the attacks took place. Many people jumped off the building to save their life.
This act of the NYT was criticized though the picture became a widespread symbol of terrorism. There is a certain symmetry about the picture that meets the eye.
This image was captured by photojournalist Horst Faas on June 18, 1965 in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. On the helmet of the soldier words "War is Hell" are handwritten.
Her wife recalls that when he came back from the war, he was holding "Stars and Stripes" magazine that had his photo on the cover. He said to her that one day this picture will make him rich. Unfortunately, it never happened. Twenty years after the war, at the age of 39 Larry died. He was not healthy all this time and his family believed that it was because of excessive exposure to the agent orange during the war.
The final whistle was the confirmation that Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanely Cup in the match against Boston Bruins. The host could not take the loss in the spirit of sports and the riots broke in the city. Scott Jone and Alex Thomas were caught in the riots. The police pushed away the girl and she fell; to comfort her in excruciating pain Alex kissed her. This moment of love in between the riots became extremely popular among the youngsters. Make love, no war.
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