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IN Photography ON 26 Jun, 2015
'A picture is worth a thousand words'. A totally cliched way to start an article, but nothing else seemed to be appropriate for the following pictures and the stories behind them.
The above picture famous by the name 'Flower power' was taken on October 21, 1967 during a march to the Pentagon. It depicts a Vietnam war protestor placing a carnation on the barrel of the gun of a soldier in duty. This picture has a symbolic significance because of the growing popularity of 'the flower power' movement during the Vietnam war.
This photograph of a man falling, also known as 'the falling man', from the twin towers on the day that the attack on New York took place is a phenomenal one. Many people were believed to have jumped from the building in order to avoid the monstrous flames which were inexorably about to engulf them. At least two hundred people 'jumped' or fell from the building on that disastrous day. The identity of the man in this tragically iconic shot is not confirmed to this day.
This famous photograph of a sailor passionately kissing a woman clad in white was taken on August 14, 1945, the day when Japan surrendered to the U.S.A, also known as 'V-J day'. The picture got published in LIFE magazine, along with several other euphoric ones, to acknowledge the celebration all around America because of its victory over Japan. According to the photographer, the sailor, in a complete state of happiness with war being ended and all, was frantically running around and planting a kiss on any and every women he saw. As soon as he grabbed the girl in white, the photographer instinctively captured the moment, only to attain a lot of fame for his contribution.
This powerful picture of Sir Winston Churchill, famous as 'The Roaring Lion', shows the leader giving an undeniably tenacious expression, portraying his determined nature. But there is a story to follow here. Apparently Churchill was not informed that there was going to be a picture session. So, in a furious state of mind, with a cigar in his mouth and a drink of brandy in his hand, he entered the room and ordered the photographer to get it over with. He set down the drink but refused to part with the cigar. The helpless photographer sneaked up behind him and plucked the cigar out of Churchill's lips, simultaneously whispering his apologies. When he got back to the camera for the moment of truth, he found the man glaring at him with a 'pissed-off' visage which ultimately was a catalyst in the clicking of one of the most iconic shots in history.
While leaving his 72nd birthday party held at Princeton, New Jersey, Albert Einstein, spotting the opportunity for a photograph, playfully stuck out his tongue for a pose. The photographer had been expecting a smile. Instead he got this unique shot which later became world wide famous
On February 7th 1910, the Bloomsbury group of writers and artists, including the coveted author Virginia Woolf, adorned full-fledged costumes and beards to come across as Abyssinian princes in order to gain access to the pride of the British naval fleet. The person at the extreme most left in the image is the famous author Virginia Woolf, disguised perfectly. The hoax apparently was convincing as the 'princes' did receive a proper royal treatment at the party.
Years have passed by. Her skin has become haggard looking. Her posture, exhausted. But those haunting sea-green eyes still cast the same penetrating gaze as before. Everyone is aware of the famous picture 'The Afghan Girl' which appeared on the cover of National geographic magazine in 1985. Now years later, the famous girl has finally been re-discovered. Named Sharbat Gula, this 'famous' face wasn't even aware of her popularity. Living in a secluded area in Pakistan with her husband and three children, Sharbat has a wry exterior as if she has been carrying the burden of the whole world on her shoulders for years and will continue to do so until the end of her life.
The above shot is of a five-year-old boy of the gypsy community in St Jacques smoking a cigarette. It is quite common for little boys in St Jacques to start smoking at an early age. As a matter of fact, they are encouraged to act like men from a very small age. Clearly the blessing hand on the little boy's head, as a sign of approval by an elderly, depicts how proud the ancestors are of their little man!
The above picture is of an emaciated child in Uganda holding a missionary's hand. This was taken during the 1980 famine in Uganda caused by droughts and conflicts. More than half of the infants lost their lives because of this famine.