25 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken


1. A Russian WWII veteran kneels down next to the tank he spent the war in. (source)

russian war veteran

2. A missionary holds the hand of a Ugandan child. (1980, Mike Wells)

starving ugandan child hand

3. 17-year-old Jan Rose Kasmir offers a flower to soldiers during the anti-Vietnam-War protest at the Pentagon. (1967, Marc Riboud)

4. A heart surgeon and his assistant (in the corner) rests after a successful 23-hour long heart transplant. (James Stanfield)


5. A young man reacts to the news that his younger brother was a victim of a homicide outside of a high school in San Jose, California. (2013, Nhat V. Meyer)

homicide victim brother

6. Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after being deployed in Iraq for 7 months. (2007, Louie Favorite)

soldier reunion with daughter

7. Zanjeer the Golden Labrador is buried with full state honors in 2000. He served as a detection dog with the Mumbai police and saved thousands of lives through his service detecting many explosives and other weapons, particularly during the 1993 Mumbai bombings. (photo: STR News / Reuters)

zanjeer the dog

8. Christians form a ring of protection around Muslims praying during the 2011 uprisings in Cairo, Egypt. (Nevine Zaki)

christians muslims egypt

9. An Afghan man offers tea to American soldiers. (Rafiq Maqbool / AP)

american soldier tea afghan man

10. The child of a KKK member touches the riot shield of an African-American state trooper during a demonstration in Gainesville, Georgia. (1992, Todd Robertson)


11. “Kissing Couple” Australian Scott Jones kisses his Canadian girlfriend Alex Thomas after she was knocked to the ground by a police officer’s riot shield during a hockey riot in Vancouver, Canada. (Rich Lam/Getty Images)


12. A college graduate with his father, a farmer in Thailand.


13. An unidentified Soviet soldier defiantly stares down Heinrich Himmler in a POW camp in 1941.

soviet soldier staredown

14. The iconic photo of “Tank Man”, the unknown protester who stood in front of a line of tanks as an act of defiance during the Tiananmen protests in Beijing, China. (1989, Jeff Widener / AP)

tank man

15. A young boy tries to drag his alcoholic father home.

young boy alcoholic father

16. The moment this young boy, Harold Whittles, hears for the first time in his life, after a Doctor places an earpiece in his ear. (Jack Bradley)

harrold whittles ear

17. Eight-year-old Christian Golczynski accepts the flag for his father, Marine Staff Sgt. Marc Golczynski, during a memorial service. Marc Golczynski was shot on patrol during his second tour in Iraq. (2007, Aaron Thompson)

Christian Golczynski flag

18. Firefighter David Tree gives a koala some water during the during the deadly Black Saturday bushfires that burned across Victoria, Australia, in 2009.

firefighter koala

19. A North Korean man waves his hand as his South Korean relative wept, following a luncheon meeting during temporary reunions for families separated for six decades since the 1950-1953 war.


20. The 1968 Summer Olympics Black Power Salute: Gold medallist Tommie Smith (center) and bronze medallist John Carlos (right) raise their fists in a gesture of solidarity, described as a “human rights salute” by Tommie Smith, after the 200m. Australian Silver medalist Peter Norman wore an Olympic Project for Human Rights badge in support of their protest. Both Americans were expelled from the games.

Black Power salute

21. A buddhist monk prays for an elderly man who had died suddenly while waiting for a train in Shanxi Taiyuan, China.

monk prayer for dead man

22. Retired Philadelphia police captain Ray Lewis is arrested during a Wall Street protest in New York City in 2011.

ray lewis arrested

23. Pele and England Captain Bobby Moore trade shirts as a sign of mutual respect during a 1970 World Cup that had been tarnished with racism.


24. Sunset on Mars, taken by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit on March 19, 2005.

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25. “Earthrise” – a photograph of the Earth taken by astronaut William Anders during the Apollo 8 mission in 1968.