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Photographs everyone should see

Updated on October 9, 2012

Sometimes words aren't enough

I am a firm believer in the power of photographs. I only wish I had the ability to capture moments, emotions, intangibility in a picture.

I recently stumbled upon LIFE Magazine's collection of 100 Photographs the Changed the World and was so moved by them that I wanted to share them with you.

Some are disturbing but I think that's what makes a wonderful photograph: something powerful, something that engenders incredible emotion. That reminds us we are human.

Dead on the Beach


Dead on the Beach - George Strock, 1943

This photo was taken on a beach in Papua New Guinea on September 20, 1943, and prompted many to reconsider why our boys were being sent around the world to die. 1943 was the turning point of World War II, and as President Roosevelt felt that too many Americans were growing complacent about the war, he lifted the ban on images showing the fallen.

Buchenwald Slave Laborers Liberation


Buchenwald Slave Laborers Liberation - Private H. Miller, 1945

These are slave laborers in the Buchenwald concentration camp near Jena; many had died from malnutrition when U.S. troops of the 80th Division entered the camp. The very ill man lying at the back on the lower bunk is Max Hamburger, who had TBC and severe malnutrition. He recovered and became a psychiatrist in the Netherlands. Second row, seventh from left is future author Elie Wiesel. This shot was taken 5 days after rescue.

Mexico City Olympics


Mexico City Olympics - AP Photographer, 1968

San Jose State University teammates Tommie Smith and John Carlos made a statement at the Mexico City Olympics by raising up gloved fists during the playing of the National Anthem in protest of racial discrimination. They had won the gold and bronze medals, respectively, in the 200m run.

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The picture was taken from one of the B-29 Superfortresses used in the attack
The picture was taken from one of the B-29 Superfortresses used in the attack | Source

Nagasaki Mushroom Cloud, 1945

The first atomic bomb hit Hiroshima on August 6 and killed approximately 80,000 people. This image depicts the second bomb that hit Nagasaki three days later. The blasts caused so much damage at the time and also later on from cancer and other conditions caused by radiation. While this image is breathtaking, those of the damage caused on the ground are just as powerful, if not more.

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(Transferred from en.wikipedia.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
(Transferred from en.wikipedia.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

First Human X-Ray, 1896

This was the first time people were able to look into the human body without cutting into it. Wilhelm Röntgen took this x-ray of Albert von Kölliker's hand. He received the first Nobel Prize for physics in 1901.


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    • blondiepooh profile image


      10 years ago from The Oregon Desert--yes, desert!

      And people say, "You just take pictures?"

      We just write differently.

    • Michael Shane profile image

      Michael Shane 

      10 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Great job!

    • shyamchat profile image


      13 years ago from Calcutta

      These photos leave a strong impression... I bookmark this page.

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      14 years ago

      excellent hub.

    • jimmythejock profile image

      Jimmy the jock 

      14 years ago from Scotland

      stunning pictures and your commentry tops them off great hub.....jimmy


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