Thanks to its ability to capture the turning points of history forever, the invention of the camera has certainly changed the course of the world. We have gathered here, the most emblematic shots of history. Images that have provoked sadness, joy, inspiration and many other emotions since their publication. Check out the 60 best photos of all time.
1. One of the most emblematic and moving. The self-immolation of Thích Quảng Đức ‘in 1963, in Vietnam, captured by Malcolm Browne.
2. At the end of the Second World War, a sailor fiercely kissed a young lady at Time Squares in 1945. Captured by Albert Eisenstaedt
3. 1945, World War II, an American troop deposits a flag on Iwo Jima. A particularly important moment for the United States, and this even today, immortalized Joe Rosenthal.
4. 1936, the Great Depression, a worried mother looks on the horizon wondering how she will be able to feed her children. Photographed by Dorothea Lange.
5. 1937, the Hindenburg air disaster which ended the zeppelin as a mode of air passenger transport. The explosion was immortalized by Sam Shere.
6. The immediate consequences of an accidental napalm attack were captured by Nick Ut during the Vietnam War in 1972. This photo helped change the opinion of Americans on this war.
7. An example of pure courage in the face of an unjust regime. This man, whose identity remains unknown, will forever be remembered as “the man from Tiananmen”. His bravery was captured by Jeff Widener in 1989.
8. The “Guerillero Heroico” is the portrait, extremely well known in pop culture, of Che Guevara produced in 1960 by Alberto Korda. This shot quickly became a symbol of revolution.
9. 1968, the salute of Black Power by two American athletes Tomme Smith and John Carlos during the Mexico City Olympic Games. This gesture photographed by John Dominis will cost them their sports careers.
10. Jesse Owens, an African American Olympic athlete defies Hitler’s will and notions of Aryan supremacy by winning the 100m gold medal and performing a non-Hitler salute at the 1936 Olympics. Captured by Heinrich Hoffman.
11. Face evil. This unknown soldier defies Heinrich Himmler’s gaze during his inspection of a prison camp. This moment was captured by Heinrich Hoffman in 1941.
12. Neil Armstrong, photographed by Buzz Aldrin moments after becoming the first man to set foot on the moon in 1969.
13. Michael Collins photographed in 1969, the lunar module with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin inside and in the background the earth, making him the only human on the planet not to be in the photo.
14. This is the cult photo of Marilyn Monroe with this dress, on that metro mouth. The image was captured by the press in 1955 when the film Seven Years of Reflection was filmed.
15. Unforgettable photos of these workers who eat their meal on top of a skyscraper in New York, in 1932. The photographer remains unknown to this day.
16. 1944, D-Day, an American soldier tries to make his way through the Norman waves of Omaha Beach. A moment captured by photographer Robert Capa.
17. Babe Ruth said goodbye to the New York Yankees in June 1948. He died of cancer two months later. Photograph by Nat Fein.
18. 1945, the atomic mushroom of Nagasaki, a reminder of the horrors of war. This aerial photo was taken by Lieutenant Charles Levy.
19. The “Pillars of Creation” captured by the NASA telescope in 1995. These pillars are actually clouds of interstellar powders. Pretty cool isn’t it?
20. President Eisenhower met with Helen Keller in 1955. Photo published in the press.
21. Annette Kellerman was arrested for indecency shortly after this promotional swimsuit shoot for women in 1907.
22. Barack Obama and various American officials are captured by Pete Souza as he watches members of the Navy special forces live while in Osama Bin Laden’s base in 1911.
23. The Mars Rover takes a picture of the setting sun on the red planet in 2005.
24. The young green-eyed Afghan girl by Steve McCurry, 1984.
25. The selfie with the most stars was captured by Bradley Cooper and posted by Ellen DeGeneres in 2014, it has been retweeted more than 3 million times.
26. Wait for me, dad! – The child of a Canadian soldier runs after his departure when the latter goes to war in 1940. Photograph by Claude P. Dettloff.
27. “The Big Three” (Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin) at the Tehran conference in 1943. Photographer unknown.
28. “War is hell” by Horst Faas, taken in 1965 in Vietnam. Nothing else to add.
29. “Dali Atomicus”, 1984. Portrait of Salvador Dali in a style similar to his paintings, by Philippe Halsman.
30. The oldest photo that exists taken by French engineer Joseph Nicéphore Nié The photo represents the view through the window of a house in the French village Le Gras, in 1826.
31. First medical x-ray radio produced by Willhelm Röntgen in 1895.
32. The “Cotton Mill Girl” in English is a photo taken by Lewis Hine in 1908 with the aim of denouncing child labor. She received the reaction he hoped for.
33. Mohammed Ali standing after the knockout of Sonny Liston in 1955. Photographer Neil Leifer captured this iconic shot.
34. First photo taken from a phone. The author, Philip Khan photographed his daughter, Sophie, who was just born, in 1997.
35. “99 cents” is a photo taken by Andreas Gursky in 1999 and consists of a mixture of several shots.
36. Portrait of Winston Churchill in 1941 by Yousuf Karsh. The dark look of Churchill, now iconic, is due to the fact that the photographer has just taken his cigar from his mouth.
37. The photo was taken by an unknown person in the Warsaw ghetto of a surrendering boy, 1943.
38. The emergency exit collapsed in 1975, by Stanley Forman. He won the World Press Photo award that year.
39. Beatles duffel battle in their Parisian hotel. This moment of playfulness was captured by Harry Benson in 1964.
40. Known as the photo that changed the face of AIDS, David Kirby was photographed on his deathbed by Therese Frare, with his family by his side, in 1990.
41. The Soviet Union deposits a flag on the Reichstag during the Battle of Berlin in 1945. Photograph by Yevgeny Khaldei.
42. In her report on violence against women, Donna Ferrato photographed numerous examples of domestic abuse. This photo, taken in 1982, helped the 1994 law against violence against women get through to the United States Congress.