Top 100 Most Influential Photos Ever Taken

Published 8 years ago

The famous TIME magazine has just released a list of 100 most influential pictures ever taken. And a team of competent specialists ranging from curators and historians to photo editors from around the world gathered to make this list worth seeing.

There is no formula that makes a picture influential,” say the editors. “Some images are on our list because they were the first of their kind, others because they shaped the way we think. And some made the cut because they directly changed the way we live. What all 100 share is that they are turning points in our human experience.”

The best photography is a form of bearing witness, a way of bringing a single vision to the larger world.” And here we bring 21 of these powerful shots to you. For the rest of the list and detailed descriptions of the stories behind them head over to TIME website.

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#1 The Terror Of War, Nick Ut, 1972

South Vietnamese forces follow after terrified children, including 9-year-old Kim Phuc, center, as they run down Route 1 near Trang Bang after an aerial napalm attack on suspected Viet Cong hiding places, June 8, 1972. A South Vietnamese plane accidentally dropped its flaming napalm on South Vietnamese troops and civilians. The terrified girl had ripped off her burning clothes while fleeing. The children from left to right are: Phan Thanh Tam, younger brother of Kim Phuc, who lost an eye, Phan Thanh Phouc, youngest brother of Kim Phuc, Kim Phuc, and Kim's cousins Ho Van Bon, and Ho Thi Ting. Behind them are soldiers of the Vietnam Army 25th Division. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Image source: Nick Ut

#2 The Burning Monk, Malcolm Browne, 1963


Image source: Malcolm Browne

#3 Starving Child And Vulture, Kevin Carter, 1993


Image source: Kevin Carter

#4 Lunch Atop A Skyscraper, 1932


Image source: Unknown

#5 Tank Man, Jeff Widener, 1989


Image source: Jeff Widener

#6 Falling Man, Richard Drew, 2001

SEVENTH IN A SERIES OF ELEVEN-- A person falls from the north tower of New York's World Trade Center Tuesday Sept. 11, 2001after terrorists crashed two hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center and brought down the twin 110-story towers. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Image source: Richard Drew

#7 Alan Kurdi, Nilüfer Demir, 2015


Image source: Nilüfer Demir

#8 Earthrise, William Anders, NASA, 1968


Image source: William Anders

#9 Mushroom Cloud Over Nagasaki, Lieutenant Charles Levy, 1945


Image source: Lieutenant Charles Levy

#10 V-J Day In Times Square, Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1945


Image source: Alfred Eisenstaedt


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