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6 Photographs That Changed The World
"Tank Man" 1989
Jeff Widener (Associated Press)
An unknown protester stands along in front of a parade of tanks in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, during the protests against the regime and subsequent violent government crackdown.
"Kent State Shooting" 1970
John Paul Filo
"The shooting at Kent State University in Ohio lasted 13 seconds. When it was over, four students were dead, nine were wounded, and the innocence of a generation was shattered. The demonstrators were part of a national wave of student discontent spurred by the new presence of U.S. troops in Cambodia. At the Kent State Commons, protesters assumed that the National Guard troops that had been called to contain the crowds were firing blanks. But when the shooting stopped and students lay dead, it seemed that the war in Southeast Asia had come home. John Filo, a student and part-time news photographer, distilled that feeling into a single image when he captured Mary Ann Vecchio crying out and kneeling over a fatally wounded Jeffrey Miller. Filo’s photograph was put out on the AP wire and printed on the front page of the New York Times. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize and has since become the visual symbol of a hopeful nation’s lost youth. As Neil Young wrote in the song “Ohio,” inspired by a LIFE story featuring Filo’s images, “Tin soldiers and Nixon coming/ We’re finally on our own/ This summer I hear the drumming/ Four dead in Ohio.” -- TIME MAGAZINE
"Black Power Salute" 1968
"The Olympics are intended to be a celebration of global unity. But when the American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos ascended the medal stand at the 1968 Games in Mexico City, they were determined to shatter the illusion that all was right in the world. Just before “The Star-Spangled Banner” began to play, Smith, the gold medalist, and Carlos, the bronze winner, bowed their heads and raised black-gloved fists in the air. Their message could not have been clearer: Before we salute America, America must treat blacks as equal. “We knew that what we were going to do was far greater than any athletic feat,” Carlos later said. John Dominis, a quick-fingered life photographer known for capturing unexpected moments, shot a close-up that revealed another layer: Smith in black socks, his running shoes off, in a gesture meant to symbolize black poverty. Published in life, Dominis’ image turned the somber protest into an iconic emblem of the turbulent 1960s." --- TIME MAGAZINE
Protester in Baton Rouge 2016
Jonathan Bachman (Reuters)
“I photographed someone arguing with an officer and then I looked over my shoulder and saw her there and she had every intention of not moving,” Bachman told BuzzFeed News. “She just stood there and made her stand. I was just happy to be able to capture something like that.”
The woman, identified as 28-year-old Ieshia Evans, stands in extreme contrast to the heavily-armored SWAT team members who are engaged in arresting her.
Hong Kong Protestor 2014
Xaume Olleros (AFP/Getty Images)
A pro-democracy demonstrator holds an umbrella after police fired tear gas towards protesters near the Hong Kong government headquarters, in a dramatic escalation of the Umbrella Revolution protests.
Migrant Mother 1936
Florence Owens Thompson, 32, a poverty-stricken migrant mother with three young children, gazes off into the distance. This photograph, commissioned by the FSA, came to symbolize the Great Depression for many Americans.