Photography is a form of art that can freeze the emotions of the moment in time. The development of the art has influenced the world in remarkable ways and it provided people with power to define the eras they live in. Bored Panda once did a list on 100 most influential photos of all time, which includes the iconic capture of the protesting burning monk, or a distressing shot of a student kneeling next to her dead friend during the Kent State shootings. Shots like these have defined the way we are as human beings and helped to look at ourselves from a different perspective: where are we going as a society? Why do we allow atrocities to happen? However, to really feel the influence and true impact of the photograph, one should know the context behind it. Here, we have compiled a list of thirty, seemingly mundane and not-that-spectacular-visually photographs with remarkable, unforgettable, strange and sad backstories.

#1

Tadeusz Zytkiewicz Holding A Picture Of Himself

Tadeusz Zytkiewicz Holding A Picture Of Himself

Tadeusz is holding in his hands the best picture of 1987, as chosen by National Geographic, which shows Dr. Zbigniew Religa keeping watch on his patient after performing the first heart transplant surgery in Poland, which took 23 hours. In the lower right corner, one of his colleagues who fell asleep after the surgery is seen. Even though the surgery was considered almost impossible at the time, Dr. Religa took the chance and the patient - Tadeusz Zytkiewicz - even out-lived his savior.

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Delgada
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2 years ago

Dr Religa went on to save many lives here. And was seen as a pioneer in heart surgery.

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#2

The Three Unsung Heroes Of Chernobyl

The Three Unsung Heroes Of Chernobyl

If not for these three men in the picture - Alexei Ananenko (second left) and soldiers Valeri Bezpalov (center) and Boris Baranov (far right) - millions of lives would have been lost during the catastrophe of Chernobyl. Ten days after the meltdown, the plant's water-cooling system had failed, and a pool had formed directly under the highly radioactive reactor. Without cooling, the lava-like substance could easily melt through the remaining barriers, dropping the reactor's core into the pool. If this would have happened - it might have set off steam explosions, firing radiation high and wide into the sky, spreading across parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa. In the photograph, engineer Alexei together with Valeri and Boris are fitted with protective gear after they volunteered to dive down into the waters and drain the fluid near the reactor during the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster in Pripyat, Ukraine in 1986. The mission was successful and while the damage was still vile, the three heroes prevented what could have been a much more devastating event. Surprisingly and luckily enough, all of the three men survived.

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DemPugs
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2 years ago

Hopefully they didn't have any lasting effects from that.

Joanne Kostka
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2 years ago

"In April of 2018, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko presented state awards to Alexey Ananenko and Valery Bespalov for their bravery, and posthumously to Boris Baranov (who had died in 2005). "

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Vlad Horobet
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2 years ago

There's a similar story of some elder men who volunteered to help at the Hiroshima nuclear meltdown, saving the live of many young guys. They explained that the cancer will take 5 to 10 years to install and bring enough pain to be unbearable while they would have maybe 5 to 10 years of life as it was, being given their age. Heroes nonetheless.

Xandra
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2 years ago

I heard about that too. Real heroes! You mean Fukushima, right?

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YZ
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2 years ago

Scary to think that nuclear waste could've been spread all over Eurasia/Africa. To think we could've almost had a nuclear fallout and these guys saved us.

Jack Chandra
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2 years ago

Lots of radiation was released. https://youtu.be/qYtGf2iVPXc

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Julia Sierakowska
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2 years ago

All of the three men knew it was a suicide-mission. They began suffering from radiation sickness and died soon after

Kim Lorton
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2 years ago

Brave, brave men!

Ozacoter
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2 years ago

How are the names of this men not taught everywhere? I never heard about them. Such heroes!

Bettye McKee
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2 years ago

Genuine heroes!

Jade Maheux
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2 years ago

Nop they died.

Jonathan Flynn
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2 years ago

Incorrect, this website actually gets the story right. Despite plenty of misconceptions around the incident two of the three are still alive. The third died in 2005. While they did experience large doses of radiation, it wasn't fatal and recently the Ukrainian president rewarded the surviving men with medals in their honor

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Eve Cowell
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2 years ago

Hero’s all of them ,the whole world should know about this so we can thank them

Dale Davis
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1 year ago (edited)

I am unprofoundly speechless at their regard for humaity and creatures of our home.

Alex TheTraveller
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2 years ago

Thank you so much for saving extra lifes!!!!!!!!!!! I grew up in Europe and Chernobyl was tought enough... Hearing this story makes me greatful to these three men and all others who tried to keep the mess low. THANK YOU!

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
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2 years ago

True unknown heroes.

Barbara Baldwin
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2 years ago

1,000,000,000 more likes!!

Rachel Hamrick
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2 years ago

I cannot imagine the feelings they had before, during, and after. Amazing.

David Cerny
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2 years ago

They all died in like 7 days after. Last sentence is fucking Marxist bulshit.

Amanda Hunt
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2 years ago

Surprisingly enough they all survived... for seven days...

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Karolis Stašys
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2 years ago

For how long they remained alive?

HoffLensMetalHedLovesAnimalsUK
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2 years ago (edited)

Two of them still alive, one of them died in 2005.

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Erin Sheppard
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2 years ago

SO, when I was young and there was a big scare about the end of the world, it was TRUE!! :O

Ruth Kletke
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1 year ago

They died along with many others who were just nearby...buried in lead coffins altogether.

Jean Armstrong
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2 years ago

Thank you Alexei ,Valeri and Boris for your unflinching bravery, who knows where we would have been today if you hadn't carried out this exceeding brave act.

Gilad Levy
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2 years ago

100% bullshit soviet propaganda, the only difference would have been some conteminated water, stop spreading misinformation

Kwok Bun Liang
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2 years ago

Heroes are not peoples who fear nothing, heroes are those know the danger and still do it anyway! SALUTE!

Kristína Kecsöová
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2 years ago

Chernobyl picture is not correct, all three men began suffering from radiation sickness and died soon after.

Peter Ledoux
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2 years ago

Damn

Marjan van Gaans
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2 years ago

I remember the fear I felt when this happened while living in Amsterdam- 1995 kilometers from Tjernobel with the winds blowing in our direction- And till today we don’t know if the poison came close and what kind of diseases we got from it ....

Smerv
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2 years ago

To read -- Svetlana Aleksijevitsh: Voices from the Tsernobyl

Jo Choto
Community Member
2 years ago

Reminds me of the meltdown in Japan, where a bunch of Japanese senior citizens volunteered to tackle the danger because they were at the end of their lives and didn't want young people to risk their good years.

Pat Wooster
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2 years ago

Now that is an unbelievable story! Such courage!!

Son Oz
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2 years ago

Survived but died 2 weeks later!

HoffLensMetalHedLovesAnimalsUK
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2 years ago

This was in 1986, one of them didn't die until 2005.

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Michelle Dodson
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2 years ago

WOW. I'd never heard anything about that. At. All.

Jade Maheux
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2 years ago

Nop. They died.

Donald Holder*Doc
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2 years ago

Says survived. Yeah, they survived the dive and saved countless lives. But all three died from cancer with 18 months of the event.

HoffLensMetalHedLovesAnimalsUK
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2 years ago (edited)

This was in 1986 and one of them didn't die until 2005.

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Smarmy Dharma
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2 years ago

I give this three up votes!

Finix Kaz
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2 years ago

They actually died a few hours (or days? 🤔) later...

Elena Kunina
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2 years ago

All three died in few weeks. They where burried in closed plumbum coffins. Also 400 000 soldiers and firemen, cameramen and etc died in few month by terrible death. Nuts who written that bulshit

Uchman
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2 years ago

Fake news. They all survived, one died of completely unrelated cause, the other two are still alive and well living in Ukraine

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Rebecca Olberding
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2 years ago

You can see the radiation in the picture. It's grainy.

Rebecca Olberding
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2 years ago

You can see the radiation in the picture. It's why it looks more grainy than usual.

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#3

Cher Ami

Cher Ami

This pigeon delivered a message from a trapped battalion of soldiers in WW1 saving nearly 200 men. She was shot multiple times and ended up losing a leg and an eye. The soldiers gave the pigeon a wooden leg and gave her the name “Cher Ami” (although the pigeon was female, the French 'Ami' is of a masculine form) meaning “Dear friend”.

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Char Char
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2 years ago

Oh you sweet, sweet Cher Ami! What a brave mission.

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#4

'Behind Closed Doors'

'Behind Closed Doors'

The couple in the picture are Elisabeth and Bengt - the photographer, Donna Ferrato, came to know them through a photo project she did on wealthy swingers. That particular night in 1982, in the suburban couple's home, the two got in a fight while Donna was taking pictures. The argument escalated quickly, and you can see in the photo Elizabeth being hit by her partner. Donna wanted to get the pictures published, but all the magazine editors contacted, refused. But the photographer knew that something has to be done and such vile actions should finally be brought into the daylight, so, in 1991 she published a book 'Living With the Enemy'. The book chronicled events of domestic violence and their aftermath. Donna's work blew the lid off the very contraversial topic at the time and thanks to her, in 1994 Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act.

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Marc
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2 years ago

1994... That was "yesterday." Not long ago. Something that should be normality. Yet, in 2019, the problem still exists. Sometimes it is more public these days, but there is a huge estimated number of unreported cases of weak man/ husbands beating woman/ their wives. Not much have changed since the days of 1982 if you look at the numbers. The only difference is, that it was allowed and socially accepted back in the days. Gladly that changed. However, for a lot of woman the first step is the hardest and a lot won't call the police or seek for help. And yes, there’re woman who abuse (their) man, physically and mentally as well. However, you cannot compare those and the numbers are nowhere near of women being abused in relationships. Yet, it is a very complex problem, especially for the women in a relationship like this. Maybe one day, we do not have to talk about this anymore, but I am not so sure about that to be honest.

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#5

'Wait For Me, Daddy'

'Wait For Me, Daddy'

A touching photo, captured by Claude Detloff in Vancouver as the soldiers of the Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles marched off to fight in the World War II. The emotions seen in the parents' and child's face and their body language combine together to make it into an unforgettable image, freezing the heart-wrenching moment forever. Luckily, the father of the boy returned safe and sound in October 1945.

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YZ
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2 years ago

Thank goodness his dad came home okay.

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#6

Behind The Counter

Behind The Counter

The humiliating and fury-inducing moment was frozen in time on May 28, 1963 by Fred Blackwell, a photographer for Jackson Daily News. From left to right, at the white-only counter at a Woolworth’s five-and-dime store in Jackson, sits three protesters: John Salter, a sociology teacher and students Joan Trumpauer and Anne Moody. All three were from the Tougaloo College - a black college, which became the core of the civil rights movement in Mississippi. While sitting at the counter, the party was assaulted by an angry white mob, who were pouring ketchup, mustard and sugar on John, Joan and Anne.

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Aria Whitaker
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2 years ago

This. makes. me. so. angry. Thank God for their bravery.

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#7

Childhood Friends

Childhood Friends

Taken by Jacques Gourmelen, the photograph became one of the iconic pictures from the people of Brittany, France. On April 6, 1972 in Saint-Brieuc, workers from the company Joint Français went on strike and CRS (French riot police) intervened. In the photo, face-to-face stand two men - Guy Burmieux, a worker and Jean-Yvon Antignac, a riot policeman. As it turned out, the two had been childhood friends and recognized each other. The photographer later recalled: "I saw him [Guy Burmieux] go toward his friend and grab him by the collar. He wept with rage and told him, ‘Go ahead and hit me while you’re at it!’ The other one didn’t move a muscle."

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YZ
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2 years ago

Heartbreaking stuff.

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#8

'Burst Of Joy'

'Burst Of Joy'

'Burst of Joy' is another Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph. It was taken by Associated Press photographer Slava "Sal" Veder, taken on March 17, 1973 at Travis Air Force Base in California. The image depicts United States Air Force Lt Col Robert L. Stirm reuniting with his family, after spending more than five years in captivity as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. The centerpiece of the photograph is Robert's 15-year-old daughter Lorrie, who's seen with outstretched arms and a huge smile on her face while running up to her dad. "You could feel the energy and the raw emotion in the air," the photographer recalls. The photograph went on to become a symbol of the end of US involvement in the Vietnam War.

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Katrina B.
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2 years ago

There's even WAY more to the story than this! https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/coming-home-106013338/

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#9

'Terezka’s Scrawls'

'Terezka’s Scrawls'

This haunting and eerie photograph was taken by David Seymour (one of the founders of Magnum Photos and one of the leading photojournalists of the 20th century) in a home for emotionally disturbed children located in Warsaw, 1948. The assignment at the center that day was to draw “home” on the blackboard. While other kids drew houses, Terezka, who grew up in a concentration camp, had a different idea of home. One can only wonder what the scribble depicts, but it seems as if the pain and the horrors endured on the camp is clearly seen in the piercing glare of Terezka.

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Mimi
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2 years ago

Poor heart. I wish one could hug and comfort people through space and time.

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#10

Two Brothers

Two Brothers

This seemingly fun and lively photo of two brothers - Michael and Sean McQuilken - was taken at Moro Rock in California’s Sequoia National Park on August 20, 1975. The photograph was captured by their sister Mary just seconds before they were struck by lightning. One of the brothers later recalled: “At the time, we thought this was humorous. I took a photo of Mary and Mary took a photo of Sean and me. I raised my right hand into the air and the ring I had on began to buzz so loudly that everyone could hear it. I found myself on the ground with the others. Sean was collapsed and huddled on his knees. Smoke was pouring from his back.” At the time, all the three survived, but Sean, the younger brother, sadly took his own life in 1989.

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Niles
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2 years ago

god, these frozen moments are so...unsettling and sad

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#11

The Youngest Mother

The Youngest Mother

When she was just 5-years-old, Lina Medina (born on 23 September, 1933) was brought by her parents to a hospital, who complained of extreme abdominal growth. After being examined by a doctor, a shocking truth was discovered - Lina was seven-months pregnant. Apparently, Lina was born with a rare condition called 'precocious puberty', which, simply put, is the early onset of sexual development. Lina Medina then officially became the youngest documented mother in medical history. She gave birth to a boy on May 14, 1939, by a cesarean section, as her pelvis was too small. The child born was completely healthy and was named Gerardo. However, the father of the child remained a mystery.

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DemPugs
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2 years ago (edited)

That's horrible! What kind of monster would do that to a 5 year old?

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#12

Moving An Apartment Building To Create A Boulevard In Alba Iulia, Romania

Moving An Apartment Building To Create A Boulevard In Alba Iulia, Romania

In the early spring of 1987, in Alba Iulia, Romania, an instruction from the government was given to rework the infrastructure and make way for the boulevard - however, one apartment building stood in the way of the plan. Therefore, it was decided to split the building into two and move the parts 180 feet (55 meters) away. The building housed over eighty families and weighed over 7600 tons. The process took almost six hours to complete and the two separate parts of the building were moved apart on a 33 degree inclined angle. Stories went around that people remained in the building all throughout the moving process and one woman even put a glass of water on the edge of her balcony, which didn't spill a drop. Also, all the utilities (water, electricity, gas, etc.) remained intact, too.

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DemPugs
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2 years ago

How do utilities stay on when they were doing that? Isn't that dangerous to have live gas and stuff while doing that?

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#13

Motel Manager Pouring Acid In The Water

Motel Manager Pouring Acid In The Water

The famous photograph, perfectly conveying the shaky times of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, was taken by Horace Cort. The image shows a group of white and black young people, swimming in the pool of a Monson Motor Lodge motel on June 18, 1964 while the manager of the motel is pouring bleach on them. Seven days prior to the incident, Martin Luther King Jr was arrested for trespassing at the same Monson Motor Lodge after being asked to leave from its segregated restaurant. A group of protesters decided to fight back peacefully and decided to plan a swim-in in the pool designated for "whites only" as a form of protest. Whites, who paid for their rooms in the motel, invited black people to join them in the motel pool as their guests. Then, the motel manager, Jimmy Brock, in an effort to break up the party, poured a bottle of muriatic acid into the pool in order to scare the swimmers so that they would leave.

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Blessing MindYaBusiness
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2 years ago

This is where the stereotype "Black people can't swim" came from. They really had black people fear that harmful chemicals were in the pools they swam in.

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#14

Children For Sale

Children For Sale

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and this one is probably worth even more. Life during war was extremely difficult - food and supplies were rationed, jobs were scarce. For some folks, the struggling continued even after the war. In this tragic photo, taken in 1948, four children are seen on their front stoop while their mother hides her face from the photographer in embarrassment. Lucille Chalifoux, was only 24 years old, but pregnant with her fifth child at the time. Her husband has just lost a job and the family were facing eviction from their apartment. To evade possible homelessness, the parents chose to auction off their children. All of the children were eventually bought off. Some, as rumors have spread, were forced into slavery.

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Mimi
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2 years ago

This is plain heartbreaking.

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#15

'An Armenian Man Dances For His Lost Son In The Mountains Near Aparan, Armenia'

'An Armenian Man Dances For His Lost Son In The Mountains Near Aparan, Armenia'

Antoine Agoudjian is a legendary French photographer of Armenian descent. As no one could describe the work of art better than the artist himself, here's Antoine's story on capturing this striking image: “In 1998, I found myself in Aparan, a large town an hour’s drive from Armenia’s capital, Yerevan. A local dance troupe was performing that evening, in the open air, with most of the suburb in attendance. As soon as I took my first shot, an old man approached me. Tears streamed down his face. He told me that his son had died. That he had been electrocuted, that he was his pride and joy, and that I looked just like him. He broke into sobs and moved towards me with outstretched arms. His name was Ishran. I asked if he would dance for me, and he began dancing. The troupe paused and perched on an outcrop of rocks in the background. It was beautiful, not because the man is beautiful, but because he represents something deep inside the collective consciousness of the Armenian community: a celebratory resilience in the face of overwhelming loss.”

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FatBaby
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2 years ago

For a minute I thought he was Albert Einstein

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#16

'Tragedy By The Sea'

'Tragedy By The Sea'

One morning on the spring of 1954, a photographer for Los Angeles Times, John Gaunt, was in the front yard of his beachfront home when he heard a neighbor shouting that, “something’s happening on the beach!” John grabbed his camera and rushed to the shore. When he arrived, he saw a couple near the water who were clutching each other. As it turned out, their 19-month-old son who had been playing in their yard had wandered off to the beach and vanished into the water. The heart-wrenching photograph appeared on the front page of Los Angeles Times and won a Pulitzer Award.

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Kjorn
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2 years ago

so he heard something's happening on the beach (and like today) he Grabbed his camera and take a picture?

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#17

Atomic Bomb Detonation

Atomic Bomb Detonation

Harold Edgerton - an MIT physicist and a photographer - is best known for his invention of strobe light photography, allowing us to freeze fast actions in time, as in the famous picture of a bullet piercing an apple. In the beginning of 1947, Harold's research firm was commissioned to photograph atomic bomb tests in Nevada and the Pacific. This particular photograph was taken on June 5, 1952, as part of Operation Tumbler-Snapper test series at the Nevada Proving Grounds with a shutter speed of one hundred millionth of a second.

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Elaine Bones
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2 years ago

Wow. This is a view of a Nuclear detonation that I have never seen. I wonder what the colours would have been! Ipresume the tiny trees near the bottom of the explosion became specks of dust in the nuclear wind only milionths of a second later..

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#18

'flight Of Refugees Across Wrecked Bridge In Korea'

'flight Of Refugees Across Wrecked Bridge In Korea'

Taken on December 4, 1950 by an Associate Press photographer Max Desfor, the photograph shows desperate refugees crammed on a destroyed Pyongyang bridge, over the Taedong River in North Korea as they were rushing to flee their war-torn country. The Chinese communist troops were approaching rapidly, so the residents, in fear of their lives, decided to escape to the Southern part of the country. The photograph won Pulitzer Prize for Max Desfor, back in 1951.

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kathryn stretton
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2 years ago

Absolute desperation. Exactly the same is happening now. Today. Fucking politicians.

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Rajiv Gandhi

Rajiv Gandhi

This is the last photo taken of Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. It was captured moments before a suicide bomber, (wearing orange flowers, lower left, also on the inset, top left) hugged him and detonated her bomb. The photographer was also killed during the attack.

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Ruby Brook
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2 years ago

Wow. Just wow. These photographs... they just. Wow. The fact that this captures a moment in time were everything seemed fine and then all of a sudden...

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#20

'D-Day'

'D-Day'

The photo, taken by the legendary LIFE photographer Robert Capa, captured the hellish events of 6 June, 1944 - on this day the Allies invaded Normandy, marking it as the largest seaborne invasion in history. The main subject of the photo is Private First Class Huston Riley, a 22-year-old soldier, who was struck several times by bullets. The photographer together with a sergeant, helped Huston, who later recalled thinking: “What the hell is this guy doing here? I can’t believe it. Here’s a cameraman on the shore.” Robert, the photographer, spent about an hour and a half under fire as men around him died. Only a few of the frames from the film remained, they were all grainy and blurry. However, the shaky and unstable photographs brought a jarred and disturbing feeling to the viewer, helping to transcend the infernal moment of World War II.

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Marc
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2 years ago

Those men, although always referred to as the liberators of France, they also took the first steps to free Germany. It might sound stupid. However, if it was not for those men, I might have been raised up in a different country, with a narrow-minded ideology. I am thankful to every men who gave their lives and everyone who fought for freedom that day. We tend to forget it, but Europe, maybe the world, would be a different place today, if it wasn't for those men. Most of them did not even reach the shore alive. It is to those men, that I am able to live in a rather free world today. Although things are already changing again. Only 75 years after those events. We should think about that day and those men, before we risk freedom in our world frivolously .

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#21

Class Of 1999

Class Of 1999

At a first glance, it looks like any other high school picture – a bunch of teenagers smiling and showing silly faces. However, you can see Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold and their friends in the far left corner pointing pretend guns at the camera. Just a few weeks later after the photo was taken, Eric and Dylan would shoot 12 students and 1 teacher dead in a meticulously organised school shooting in Columbine.

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FatBaby
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2 years ago (edited)

Why would they do that

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Young Osama

Young Osama

This is a photograph of a nice and large family vacationing in Sweden, in 1971. However, second from the left, in a brown shirt, you can see a 14-year-old boy named Osama. Some years later, the name Osama bin Laden is going to be associated with terror and a murderous pan-Islamic militant organization Al-Qaeda.

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Kjorn
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2 years ago

so back then he has no problem with moderm woman.

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#23

'Leap Into Freedom'

'Leap Into Freedom'

Following World War II, the city of Berlin was carved into four occupation zones. The life conditions on each part were not equal and during the period from 1949 to 1961, around 2.5 million people from East Germany had fled the Soviet section of Berlin. The Soviets were concerned and the East German leader Walter Ulbricht, in order to stop the flow, had barbed-wire-and-cinder-block barriers thrown up in early August 1961. In the photo, the primary subject is 19-year-old border guard Hans Conrad Schumann, crossing the barrier. The West Berlin crowd were enticing Hans to come on over and he himself has then said, that he does not want to “live enclosed,” and suddenly jumped the barbed wire. The photo quickly made its way to the press and the iconic image of Hans leaping over the barrier became a symbol of freedom. The young soldier went on to live quietly in the West, however, Hans himself did not deal well with the newly-found fame and his status of an icon and, sadly, committed suicide in 1998.

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FatBaby
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2 years ago

A photographer taking a picture of a photographer taking a picture of a military man jumping over barbed wire.

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#24

SS Grandcamp

SS Grandcamp

Looks like an ordinary ship at an ordinary dock on an ordinary day. However, the moment captured is April 16, 1947 and the ship is called SS Grandcamp. A fire has broke out and the men on the dock are members of the Texas City Volunteer Fire Department, attempting to extinguish it. A few minutes after this photo was taken, it’s going to detonate in one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in human history. 468 people had died, more than 5,000 were injured.

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Ruby Brook
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2 years ago

wow. these photographs. just incredible. i have no words.

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#25

“I Will Not Be Sued! I Have The Voice Of An Angel! No Man Can Sue Me.”

“I Will Not Be Sued! I Have The Voice Of An Angel! No Man Can Sue Me.”

On November 17, 1955, Maria Callas gave a triumphant performance in Chicago’s Civic Opera House. However, the real drama began after the opera was over. U.S. Marshal Stanley Pringle and Deputy Sheriff Dan Smith burst into Callas’s dressing room and served her with court summons for a breach of contract. Maria was furious: “I will not be sued! I have the voice of an angel! No man can sue me,” she yelled. The photograph perfectly conveys the intensity of the moment at the time and after the image made its way to the press, Maria Callas was dubbed "The Tigress". After the incident, the great diva of the Opera vowed to never return to the Windy City again.

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Miriam Brooker
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2 years ago

November 17, 1955, was the day that established Maria's image as a tigress. She had just finished performing Madama Butterfly at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and was backstage celebrating her triumph. As the audience continued to applaud, Maria was approached by Marshal Stanley Pringle, who presented Maria with a summons to court. She was being sued by a former manager, Eddie Bagarozy, on behalf of a 1947 contract that named Bagarozy as Maria's sole representative. Though the two had not been in contact for several years, Bagarozy claimed that he was entitled to a percentage of Maria's fees and the expenses he was supposed to have incurred on her behalf - a total of $300,000. The case was settled out of court on 7 November 1957. The terms were not made public.

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#26

Soviet Soldiers Harassing A German Woman

Soviet Soldiers Harassing A German Woman

Although the photograph speaks for itself, context is still necessary in order to understand all the circumstances surrounding it and the gravity of it. In the image captured, a woman is seen to be openly harassed by two Soviet soldiers, near the West Hall section of the Leipzig Hauptbahnhof central railway terminus. Sadly, it was not an isolated incident - the mass rapes took place in the occupied German territory during and after the war. The act of rape, as per historians, is oftentimes used to emphasize the victory. While most historians agree that such vile acts were commited not only by the Soviets, it was estimated that a staggering amount of 2 million German women suffered from the hands of communists, some as many as 60 to 70 times.

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Kjorn
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2 years ago

soviet had so much hate for german after what they did. They just let out their Inside beast and just proove they were no better than the nazi. no Wonder that all those who can try to get capture by the americans

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An Injured Young Mill Worker

An Injured Young Mill Worker

The image captured on October, 1912, shows Giles Edmund Newsom who was injured while working in Sanders Spinning Mill in Bessemer City, North Carolina earlier that year. A piece of machinery fell on his foot and smashed his toe, which caused him to fall onto a spinning machine which crushed and tore out two of his fingers. He was 11-years-old at the time. Both Giles and his younger brother worked in the mill several months before the accident. After the boys' father found out that the company was to pay out money for Giles and not the parents, he tried to compromise, while their mother blamed the boys that they got their jobs on their own. The aunt is documented to have said: “Now he’s jes got to where he could be of some help to his ma, an’ then this happens and he can’t never work no more like he oughter.”

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Mama Panda
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2 years ago

So very sad. Giles died at the age of 18. I can't even imagine what this poor boy and other children went through during this era.

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#28

Rodney Alcala

Rodney Alcala

A photograph of Rodney Alcala in court cross examining himself. The man was a serial killer known as the 'dating game killer' who killed women back in the 1970’s. He got the name as he was a guest on one dating game show. He represented himself back in 2010. He would cross examine himself and would change his voice in the process as if it’s a different person. He was sentenced to death.

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Ruby Brook
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2 years ago

A lot of these were from a long time ago but this was recent... really makes you stressed.

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#29

Argument

Argument

Photographed by Abbas - a French-Iranian photographer - in Tehran, Iran, 1978, the heart-wrenching image shows a rioter holding the shoes of a dead friend. His comrade was shot after the military opened fire on a crowd. The soldier argues with a man that it was not his unit which opened fire. The capture is from Abbas' book 'Iran Diary: 1971– 2002'.

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Rose
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2 years ago

Emotionally intense.

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#30

"The Last Laugh?"

"The Last Laugh?"

The photo is of Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, two murderers, after hearing that they've been sentenced to death. The two killers murdered a family of four, including two children, after planning to rob them, but failing to find anything worth stealing except for mere $50. The seemingly casual and unconcerned smile on Perry's face brings an eerie atmosphere into the photograph, which, without the context, looks rather mundane.

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Adele Maestranzi
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2 years ago

Story was told in Capote's book "In Cold Blood".

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