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Photography is something which captures a moment that’s gone forever, which is impossible to reproduce. Photographs have played a vital role in how we look at our history, our culture. Photography has been a powerful tool for the documentation of some of the world changing events and then there are some photographs that have so much impact that they changed the perspective of the world forever. August 19 is celebrated as the World Photography Day which originated from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic process developed by Frenchmen Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1837.
There are number of photographs which have changed the course of History, but here some of the most powerful of them.
Alan Kurdi- Photograph of a three-year-old Syrian boy Alan Kurdi caused grave international outrage. The photograph became an iconic image of the Syrian refugee crisis. The picture became a reminder of the world’s responsibility regarding refugees.
(Credit: Nilüfer Demir )
Agim Shala- Kosovar refugee, 2-year-old Agim Shala, was passed through a barbed wire fence into the hands of grandparents at a camp run by United Arab Emirates in Kukes, Albania. The photo focussed the truth about the plight of Kosovo refugees during the Yugoslavia war. (Credit: The Washington Post)
Vulture stalking a child- Photographed by Kevin Karter in southern Sudan, the photograph shows a vulture preying upon a skinny Sudanese toddler. This haunting photograph became the representative image of the Sudan famine. Haunted by the questions as to the little girl’s fate Karter later committed suicide.
Naplam Girl- Photographed by Associated Press photographer Huynh Cong, this black and white photograph communicated the horrors of the Vietnam War.
Buzz Aldrin Moon walk- In this photograph Astronaut Buzz Aldrin could be seen walking on the surface of the Moon near the leg of the Lunar Module “Eagle” during the Apollo 11 mission. The image was taken by Neil Armstrong during their historic moonwalk on July 20, 1969.
The Falling Man- The Falling Man is a photograph taken by Associated Press photographer Richard Drew of a man falling from the North Tower of the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks in New York City. The photograph initially appeared in newspapers around the world and became the face of 9/11 attack.
The Tank Man- The photograph shows an unidentified man who stood in front of a column of tanks, the morning after the Chinese military had suppressed the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 by force. The photo was seen worldwide, it symbolized the events at Tiananmen Square in 1989.
Burning Monk- The photographs shows Vietnamese monk Thich Quang Duc set himself on fire to protest the government’s persecution of Buddhists, and the resulting photo captured millions of people’s attention. (Credit: Malcolm Browne)
Saigon Execution- Eddie Addams captured this shot of a South Vietnamese general executing a Viet Cong officer in the Tet Offensive, and it became one of the most iconic shots of the Vietnam War.
Russian Soldier- This picture was taken in 1994 in Chechnya. It shows a Russian soldier playing an abandoned piano. The picture gave the interpretation that of a place that suffers war.