Photos that made history

Behind every photograph there's a story, especially these pictures i'm listing, photos that represent an entire age or important historycal events, photos that aren't just documents but artworks full of significance.

Since the beginning of photography until now, all the photographs that made or reported the history of mankind, the list will be continuously updated, click on the links to open the articles and see the high resolution pictures.

The first photo was taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 on bitumen of Judaea (a material that becomes insoluble in lavender oil after being exposed at light)... READ MORE

Mathew Brady's photos testify the viciousness of the American civil war. Brady's early photos were daguerreotypes, and he won several prizes with his artworks... READ MORE

Migrant Mother icon of the great depression [1936]

This picture’s title is "Migrant mother" and was taken in 1936 in California by the photographer Dorothea Lange.

Migrant mother was probably, and still now, considered an icon of the history of photography... READ MORE

The Tetons, Snake River by Ansel Adams [1936]

Photography at nature's service, with this popular picture (which is part of a set) Ansel Adams saved the King Canyon.

In 1936 he brought his pictures to Washington... READ MORE
Hindenburg [1937]

The LZ 129 Hindenburg was the largest aircraft ever built. It was a German zeppelin and bore the name of its president, Paul von Hindenburg... READ MORE
Hitler visits Paris [1940]

When Adolf Hitler visited Paris during World War 2, the French shut down the elevators of Eiffel Tower; this way he was supposed to climb 1792 steps till the top... READ MORE

The attack on Pearl Harbor was a naval-air operation which took place December 7, 1941, when Japanese naval and air forces attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack... READ MORE

20th Century Fox, Betty Grable [1942]

From the World War 2 to the Korean war, Betty Grable has been a symbol for thousands of American soldiers at front, whom kept her image on backpacks, lockers and on the dashboard of their vehicles... READ MORE

Invasion of Normandy, D-Day picture by Robert Capa [1944]

Photo made by Robert Capa realized during the invasion of Normandy, one of the few frames that avoided the laboratory mistake, the others went burnt... READ MORE

Nagasaki was the center that has suffered most from European influence in medieval Japan and was the second city on which the United States dropped the atomic bomb called Fat Man... READ MORE

Hiroshima after the atomic bomb [1945]

The atomic bombardments on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan were two nuclear attacks happened near the end of World War 2... READ MORE

Mussolini’s Death, piazzale Loreto [1945]

The death of Benito Mussolini, boss of fascism (and at the time, of Italian Social Republic), happened under unclear circumstances. The execution of Mussolini and Claretta Petacci (his lover) around 28th April 1945... READ MORE

U.S. Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima [1945]

Joe Rosenthal (Washington D.C., 9 October 1911 – Novato, California, 20 August 2006), had been a U.S. photographer, he received the Pulitzer prize for this famous picture... READ MORE

V-J Day in Times Square, end of world war 2 [1945]

V-J Day in Times Square is a picture of Alfred Eisenstaedt which portraits an American sailor kissing a young nurse with a white dress the 14th August 1945, it was the symbol picture of the end of World War 2... READ MORE

Mahatma Gandhi, photos by Margaret Bourke-White and Bresson

The picture has been took by Margaret Bourke-White in India in 1946; she had been sent there for a reportage on Indian independence... READ MORE

Philippe Halsman Dalí Atomicus [1948]

The picture that made surreal real: "Dalí Atomicus" by Philippe Halsman, 1948.

In 1941 Halsman knows Salvador Dalì with whom he starts to cooperate at the end of the decade... READ MORE

A character that needs no introductions, looking for news about this picture I found out that this legendary picture has been taken by the photographer Alberto Diaz Gutierrez, also known as Korda, with a Leica, in Avana in 1960... READ MORE

Thich Quang Duc, as a layman Lâm Văn TUC (Hoi Khánh - French Indochina, 1897 - Saigon, June 11, 1963), was a Vietnamese Buddhist Monk that set himself on fire in Saigon in 1963... READ MORE

Jimi Hendrix burns the guitar at the Monterey Festival [1967]

James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (Seattle, 27 November 1942 – London, 18 September 1970), has been an American guitarist and singer. He’Is considered one of the greatest guitarist of the music history... READ MORE

Steve McCurry – Afghan Girl [1984]

Sharbat Gula in a shot taken by Steve McCurry in 1984, her gaze on the cover of National Geographic is the symbol of the condition of the refugees... READ MORE

The unknown rebel, or "tank man", is the nickname of an anonymous man who achieved widespread international recognition due to the films and photographs taken of the incident in Tiananmen protests... READ MORE


Mircea said...

Very impressive!!!

Dave said...

A fascinating collection of photos. Thanks for showing them - Dave