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One click on the camera release - and an unknown paparazzi photographer becomes rich or famous (or better, both), and his name is mentioned next to the names of the greatest people. You can relate differently to the difficult profession of a photojournalist, but it is largely thanks to him that we get the opportunity to see the world at least a little further than the tip of our own nose. I propose to get acquainted with some photos that have already gone down in history. Unfortunately, most of them show suffering and death (((.

The photo was taken on September 29, 1932 on the 69th floor in the last months of the Rockefeller Center construction.

In the photograph, the victim of a terrible tragedy - the eruption of the Colombian volcano Nevado del Ruiz on November 13, 1985 (fourth place in terms of the number of victims among the known volcanic eruptions). A muddy slurry of mud and earth swallowed all life in its path. Then more than 23 thousand people died.

A girl, Omira Sanchez, got into the frame a few hours before her death. She could not get out of the mud porridge, because her legs were clamped by a huge concrete slab. Rescuers did everything in their power. The girl held courageously, encouraging others. In a terrible trap, hoping for salvation, she spent three long days. On the fourth, she started hallucinating and she died from seized viruses.

"Unknown rebel" in Tiananmen Square. This famous photograph taken by Associated Press photographer Jeff Widner depicts a protester who has been holding back a tank column for half an hour.

First photographed from the lunar orbit during the Apollo-8 flight, the rise of the Earth.

Man Ray loved to shoot nudity. But he loved and experimented with his photographs. Once he did what many years later they would come up with a program called “Photoshop” and call it “photo processing.” Ray tried to draw a parallel for the viewer between the beautiful forms of a half-naked girl and the smooth curves of the violin. Take a closer look at the photo, it seems.

On December 30, 2006, the former president of this country, Saddam Hussein, was executed in Iraq. The High Court sentenced him to death for the massacre of Shiites in the city of Dujail in 1982. The execution took place shortly before the morning prayer, and was filmed in a video that was shown on all national television channels.

Government officials present at the execution said Saddam Hussein dignified himself and did not ask for mercy. He stated that "he was glad to accept death from his enemies and become a martyr", and not to stay in prison until the end of his days.

All the pain in one glance ... (Henry Cartier Bresson). The photo was taken in 1948-1949, when the author traveled to China. The picture shows a hungry boy standing idle for hours in an endless line for rice.

White and Colored, by Eliott Erwitt, 1950

The event depicted in this photograph cannot be called a global catastrophe (out of 97 people on board, 35 were killed), but it marked the end of the era of airships. The airship "Hindenburg" was the pride of the air fleet of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler was very sensitive to his loss.

Burial of an unknown child. On December 3, 1984, the Indian city of Bhopal suffered from the largest technological disaster in human history. A giant toxic cloud released into the atmosphere by an American pesticide factory covered a sleeping city, killing three thousand people that very night. Another 15 thousand people died over the next month. The total number of victims is estimated at 150 thousand people (not counting children born after the disaster).

Niagara Falls froze. Photo of 1911.

On June 8, 1972, photographer Nick Ut took a picture of a Vietnamese girl, Kim Fook, fleeing from an exploding napalm. The picture thundered all over the world, but Kim herself first saw it only after 14 months, when she was being treated for terrible burns in Saigon. Kim still remembers the sound of falling bombs and explosions, remembers how she fled, remembers the soldier who doused her with water mistakenly believing that this would ease her suffering. But water makes napalm burns even stronger.

The photographer took the girl to the hospital. He doubted whether to publish the picture, but in the end decided that the world should see it. Later, the photograph of Nick Utah was named the best photograph of the 20th century.

In 1982, when Kim Fook studied at a medical institute, the Vietnamese government found it and began to use it for propaganda purposes. Kim was able to escape to Cuba, where she continued her studies and met her future husband. Kim Fook currently lives in Canada.

In October 1968, this photograph became known throughout the world. Two black athletes, Tommy Smith and John Carlos, won the United States gold and bronze medals in the 200-meter race at the Olympic Games in Mexico City. During the performance of the US anthem, they stood with their heads bowed and arms raised, thus expressing protest against the plight of the black population in the United States.

A public protest against discrimination against blacks caused a scandal in the circles of official America, both athletes were quickly expelled from the Olympic team.

One of the best actresses in the history of cinema Marilyn Monroe in the minutes of a break on the set.

Alfred Eisenstadt, a photographer for Life magazine, strolled through a square full of soldiers and sailors returning from the war. He noticed a sailor who kissed all women indiscriminately. When the crazed sailor literally twisted the young nurse, the photographer could not stand it and took a picture, which is now known throughout the world under the name "Unconditional surrender."

The final of the 2006 World Cup. In the last minutes of the game, the hope of the French team Zinedine Zidane stabs the Italian Chef Marco Materazzi with his fist. It is not known for certain what Marco Materazzi said to Zidane (who clearly did not live up to the expectations of the French fans), but this gave Zidane an excuse for not very successful match on the opponent. Zinedine Zidane’s magnificent career ended with removal from the field.

Atomic mushroom over Nagasaki.

The Patterson-Gimlin documentary, which captured the Bigfoot in 1968, is still the only clear photographic evidence of the existence of relic hominids. At the same time, there are a considerable number of images of very low quality that are not suitable for scientific analysis. The authenticity of the shooting is very doubtful, but nevertheless this photo is known all over the world.

United Press International photographer Kiyoshi Sawada took this picture on February 24, 1966. Tan Bin, South Vietnam. The US military drags the body of a Vietnamese armored personnel carrier.

Photographer Richard Drew calls this shot "the most famous photograph that no one has seen." It depicts a man jumping out of the burning tower of the World Trade Center towards his own death on September 11, 2001.

“On that day, which was captured on cameras and on film more than any other day in history, the only taboo, by common agreement, was the pictures of people jumping out of windows” - words by Tom Junod, Esquire magazine

The terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 was planned and implemented by the al-Qaeda terrorist organization. Four groups of terrorists hijacked four aircraft, of which two rammed the towers of the World Trade Center, one crashed into the Pentagon and one did not reach its target, crashing to the ground due to opposition from aircraft passengers who learned about planes colliding with skyscrapers.

Winston Churchill in this photo does not frown on the Nazis, but on the photographer Josuf Karsh, who pulled a cigar directly from the mouth of the great politician in order to give the politician a look more appropriate to the situation of Great Britain in early 1941. It turned out pretty well. Before us is one of the most famous images of Winston Churchill.

Photo of Pablo Picasso. Picasso himself prompted the plot to the photographer Duvanousi.

Alberto Corda took this picture at a rally in 1960. The living legend of the Cuban revolution, Che Guevara, fell into the frame. Under Fidel Castro, Che Guevara became a minister, with a bright future ahead. Instead, he went to Bolivia to bring the light of revolution to the local peasants. They did not appreciate the work of Che Guevara and gave his whereabouts to the soldiers who killed the revolutionary. Well, photography has a different fate, it is considered the most replicated in the entire history of photography.

Three American girls gossip in an alley in the Spanish city of Seville. For a long time, a postcard with this image was a huge success in the United States.

Photographer Robert Jackson shot the last moment of the life of Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged killer of President John F. Kennedy. Everywhere there were people who wanted to tear the killer apart, Robert Jackson took another shot, and while the flash was charging, a shot was fired. The photographer captured the moment when the trigger came down.

Here is a photograph of the Titanic and the iceberg that killed him. In maritime history, tragedies occurred with a large number of victims, but the Titanic went on his first voyage, he was considered unsinkable and the best ship of his time. Nevertheless, on April 15, 1912, he drowned and is still the embodiment of carelessness, irresponsibility and self-reliance.

March 31, 2003. An clicking, Iraq. A man is trying to alleviate the suffering of his son in prison for prisoners of war.

Photographer Stephen McCurry took this picture in an Afghan refugee camp on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan in 1985. Soviet helicopters destroyed the village where the girl lived, her whole family died. Before entering the refugee camp, the girl alone made a two-week journey through the mountains. Photography has become the shrine of National Geographic and one of the most famous photographs of our time.

Geniuses, it turns out, are people too! This became clear after the appearance of a picture of the brilliant physicist Albert Einstein with his tongue sticking out. Correspondents tortured the genius so much with their requests to portray a cheerful smile on his face, which in desperation showed them the language. Thanks to this picture, we know Einstein not only as a brilliant physicist, but also as a great original.

November 22, 1963 went down in the history of the United States as one of its darkest days. President John F. Kennedy and his wife and Texas Governor John Connally drove from Dallas Airport to downtown. More than 200 thousand residents welcomed the president. At some point, the car slowed down, at that moment fatal shots rang out.

Photograph of the Loch Ness Monster, 1934.

Photographer Robert Capa took this photo at random, without looking into the viewfinder, the picture was generally the only one for the entire time of the Republican attack. But in the frame was the moment of the death of the republican soldier Federico Borel Garcia. The picture caused a huge shock in society, and Robert Kap at his 25 years old was called "The Greatest Military Photographer in the World."

The 1975 English rugby championship final was attended by a queen with her retinue and many politicians. And then a naked man runs out onto the field and makes an “honorable circle” around the stadium. Her Majesty fainted, and the runner was imprisoned for 3 months.

During the capture of Berlin by Soviet troops, Joseph Goebbels, the main ideologist of fascism, poisoned his six children and his wife, and then took the poison himself. Goebbels' corpse, according to his dying order, was burned. This photo captures what remains of Goebbels. The picture was taken on May 2, 1945 in the building of the imperial office by Major Vasily Krupennikov.

Chechnya, May 1995. A boy looks out of the back window of a bus carrying refugees fleeing the fighting between Chechen separatists and Russian troops.

The photo won the 1969 Pulitzer Prize and greatly changed the attitude of ordinary Americans to the Vietnam War. But the killed Viet Cong was not an innocent sheep. He was the captain of the North Vietnamese "warriors of revenge" and that day he and his subordinates personally killed many unarmed civilians.

This picture greatly spoiled the life of the South Vietnamese General Nguyen Ngok Lon, in whose hands was the gun. They refused to treat him in an Australian military hospital, after moving to the USA, a company was launched against him for his immediate deportation, a restaurant that he opened in Virginia was constantly attacked by vandals.

The inscription at the entrance to the Nazi death camp Auschwitz reads: "Labor makes free." Several million people read it, passing under the arch shown in the photograph, and only a few thousand were lucky enough to survive after that. Not a single place on Earth is so saturated with pain, suffering and despair as these few thousand hectares of Polish Silesia.

Victory Banner over the Reichstag. Eugene Chaldean, 1945. Despite the end of the fighting, hoisting the banner over the Reichstag was risky. Nazi lone fanatics repeatedly shot down banners with aimed fire.

US Marines set up the U.S. banner on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945. The highest point of Iwo Jima Island has long been the scene of bloody battles, the first time the American flag was hoisted on it when the resistance of the Japanese in this part of the island was not completely broken. In the picture we can see the re-setting of the flag, the picture became one of the symbols of the victory of the USA in the war in the Pacific Ocean.

The Japanese resistance on the islands of Iwo Jima and Okinawa was desperate and the Americans suffered heavy losses. Analysts calculated that with such opposition, the capture of the two main Japanese islands would cost the US Marines more than a million lives. These calculations became the verdict for the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

This photo captures one of the last cases of the Lynch trial in the United States. 1930, a crowd of 10,000 people hanged two black men for raping a white woman and killing her young man. A large number of joyful persons and it is difficult to blame them for this (if the blacks simply were not made scapegoats, of course).

The photographs of military photographer Robert Kapa are already on our list, this time a brave photographer participated in the landing of the Allied forces in Normandy, he only had a camera from weapons. On the morning of June 6, 1944, Capa, along with the advanced units of the Marines, stepped on the shore of Normandy, came under fire and was forced to dive under water to save his life.

On that day, the photographer shot 4 films, but the laboratory assistant, showing the films, was too in a hurry to manage to deliver the latest issue of Life magazine to print and screwed them up. Only 11 frames survived, and those spoiled. But it was this marriage that gave the surviving photographs their famous surrealism.

This kiss was the first photograph universally recognized in America. The photo was taken in a public place and the photographer, allegedly, was put on trial for peeping. They say that the man captured in the picture admitted that the photographer saw their kiss, but did not manage to take a picture and asked him to repeat it.

The photo was taken a couple of years before the Great Depression. Counters are bursting with goods, people have money to buy.

In April 2004, CBS broadcast a story about bullying inmates in Abu Ghraib prison, Iraq. The plot showed photographs that were published in the media around the world. The effect was such that after a couple of weeks the American command expressed its readiness to publicly apologize for the inappropriate actions of the military.

According to the testimonies of the prisoners, they were raped, forced to eat from the toilets, rode on them, beaten, tortured with electric shock.

The girl in the photo is Teresa, she grew up in a German concentration camp. When asked to paint a house, she drew a barbed wire ... David Seymour, 1948.

September 7, 1996 in Las Vegas, a car was shot in which the famous rapper Tupac Shakur rode. 4 bullets hit the artist, after 6 days in critical condition, he died. The murder was never solved.

July 22, 1975, Boston. A woman and a girl fall, trying to escape from the fire.

Genetic engineering works wonders. In the photo you can see a mouse with a human ear on its back.

Lina Medina is the youngest mother in medical history. She gave birth to a boy at the age of 5 years and 7 months using Cesarean section (a similar case occurred in Russia). Initially, Lina's parents decided that the girl had some kind of tumor and brought her to the hospital, where the true state of affairs was found out. By this time, Lina was 7 months pregnant. A born child weighed 2.7 kg. and grew healthy. Only at the age of 10 did he learn that Lina was not his older sister, but his mother. The father of the child remained unknown.

Sheep Dolly. The first living creature artificially born by cloning from a cell of another adult animal. Lived for 6 years. Since then, experiments with cloning have been performed repeatedly, but animals that have been born have always had much more health problems than animals born using the good old traditional method of reproducing their own kind.

Lebanese golden youth on field trips in bombed areas of the city. Spencer Platt, August 15, 2006.

Uganda. Hungry boy and missionary. 1980, Mike Wells

The death of a Nazi functionary and his family. Vienna, 1945. The author is Eugene Chaldean. The fascist shot his wife, son and daughter, and then shot himself.

Hunger in Sudan. Pulitzer Prize for 1994. The picture was taken in 1993 by Kevin Carter in a village that died of starvation in Sudan. Kevin Carter flew to Sudan to shoot scenes of hunger. He photographed many people who died of starvation, and a little away from the extinct village he discovered this girl. A vulture sat next to her and waited for her to die. Kevin took the picture and then cried for a long time.

Kevin Carter died the same year that he received the Pulitzer Prize for this shot. His mental health was undermined.

The effects of freezing rain. Zurich, Switzerland

Photographer Malcolm Brown received a phone call offering to be at a particular intersection in Saigon at a specific time. He came. Soon a car drove up there, several Buddhist monks got out of it. One of them sat in a lotus position, in his hands were matches. The rest began to water him with gasoline. Then the seated monk struck a match and turned into a flaming torch. The burning Buddhist did not utter a sound.

It was a protest against the oppression of Buddhist monks in Vietnam.

The beginning of World War II. Poland, September 1, 1939. German troops cross the Polish border.

Dying photo of Princess Diana. For 10 years, no one could dare to publish this picture. And with his appearance, the word "paparazzi" became abusive. The person who took this picture was accused of not trying to help. He took pictures.

Former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko dying in London from polonium poisoning. Who did this? And who ordered?

Photos that are more colorful than any words captured the symbols of the era, event, society and humanity in all its diversity.

Thousands of pictures get to the media every day, but only a few of them can go through many years without losing their value, destroying the strongest chains of human indifference.

Most often attract attention, leaving a trace in the memory, scary and shocking shots from wars, terrorist attacks, foci of epidemics and from socially disadvantaged places. But at the same time, there are works that creep into the soul with their eloquent "simplicity", which extends, from the general composition, with a detail or an unusual story of a picture.

Bright Side collected some of the most exciting photos in this article. Some of them are terrifying, some are respectful, and some fill the heart with warmth.

Wait for me dad

Before the eyes of Claude Dettloff, the personal tragedy of a young child was played out when he took photos of the march of the British Columbia Regiment on October 1, 1940. In the picture of Claude, five-year-old Warren Whitey Bernard runs from his mother to his father, ordinary Jack Bernard, shouting "Wait for me, dad." The moment captured in the photo is so piercing about the pain that children experience when they part with their fathers that the photo later became widely known: it was published in Life and hung in every school in British Columbia during the war. And Claude, imbued with the affection of his son to his father, began to monitor this separated family, and removed her reunion, after Jack returned from the war.

Sunny land

Steve Macarry has the amazing ability to take photos that tell whole stories of his characters. In the photograph of the photographer, Afghanistan is destroyed by the war, and a guy whose face and eyes can say more than any words. The bright color of the fruit against the background of a joyless gray range gives us some hope, making the picture life-affirming.

Risking life

A snapshot of the legendary Sam Abel. Unpretentious, at first glance, he almost cost the life of a photographer. The story of the author: “In 1986, I once again arrived in the USSR on a business trip. This time I was accommodated in the National Hotel with a beautiful view of Manezhnaya Square and the Moscow Kremlin. One of the boring evenings after working filming, I was sitting in my room and thinking what to do with myself. He took out a camera and began to photograph the view from the window. It turned out a kind of tourist postcard - something was clearly missing. And then I remembered the pears brought with me (in the perestroika USSR there was a special shortage of fruit), and thought that they could relieve the situation.
I began to lay them out on the windowsill, when I noticed that Gorbachev’s government motorcade, consisting of three vehicles: a representative ZIL and escort vehicles, was moving along the paving stones towards Manezhnaya Square. I pointed the lens at him, glad that I would get an unusual shot. But the security service of Mikhail Sergeyevich did not like this. In a matter of seconds (I had not yet managed to understand anything) a shot rang out. Almost soundless. In fear, I drew back. Realizing that these people were not joking, I decided not to lean out the window anymore and sat quietly until the motorcade passed. A still life from under the windowsill with one of the pears marked with a shot is all that remains of this story for me. ”

The most famous photos in history

“Lunch at the Skyscraper”
1932 year

Dorothea Lange “Migrant Mother”
1936 year

Eugene Chaldea "Victory Banner over the Reichstag"
1945 year

Alfred Eisenstadt "Victory Day over Japan in Times Square"
1945 year

Philip Halsman Dali Anatomicus
1948 year

Richard Avedon "Dovima and the Elephants"
1955 year

Harry Benson Pillow Fight
1964 year

Neil Armstrong "Man on the Moon"
1969 year

Annie Leibovitz Demi Moore
1991 year

Starry Selfies from the Oscars
year 2014

The first photo taken on a mobile phone, Philip Kahn, 1997

In 1997, Philip Kahn was stuck in a maternity ward and decided to take a picture of his newborn daughter with nothing to do. Since he was a real master in technology, he whipped up a device consisting of a digital camera connected to a mobile phone. After that, he managed to connect the phone to a laptop, and having prescribed several lines of code, he sent this photo to more than 2000 people.

In 2000, Sharp used this technology to launch the first mobile phone with an integrated camera.

The most famous photographs of the last 100 years.

A collection of iconic photographs of the last 100 years that showcase
the grief of loss and the triumph of the human spirit.

Aussie kisses his Canadian girlfriend. Canadians rebelled after the Vancouver Canucks sports team lost the Stanley Cup.

Three sisters, three “segments” of time, three photos.

Two legendary captains Pele and Bobby Moore exchange T-shirts as a sign of mutual respect. FIFA World Cup, 1970.

1945. Petty Officer Graham Jackson plays “Goin’ Home ”at President Roosevelt’s funeral April 12, 1945.

1952. 63-year-old Charlie Chaplin.

Eight-year-old Christian takes the flag during a memorial service for his father. Which was killed in Iraq just a few weeks before he was supposed to return home.

Veteran near the tank t34-85, on which he fought during the Great Patriotic War.

Romanian child hands a balloon to a police officer during protests in Bucharest.

Police captain Ray Lewis was arrested for participating in Wall Street protests in 2011.

A monk next to an elderly man who suddenly died waiting for a train in Shanxi Taiyuan, China.

A dog named "Leao" sitting for two days at the grave of the owner, who died in terrible landslides.
Rio de Janeiro, January 15, 2011

African-American athletes Tommy Smith and John Carlos raise their fists in black gloves in a gesture of solidarity. Olympic Games, 1968.

Jewish prisoners at the time of their release from the camp. 1945 year.

The funeral of President John F. Kennedy, which took place on November 25, 1963, on the birthday of John F. Kennedy Jr.
Footage was broadcast around the world where John Kennedy Jr. salutes his father’s grave.

Christians protect Muslims during prayer. Egypt 2011

A man from North Korea (right) waves his hand from a bus to a crying South Korean after a family meeting near Mount Kumgang on October 31, 2010. They were separated by the 1950-53 war.

The dog met with its owner after the tsunami in Japan. 2011.

“Wait for me, Dad,” is a photograph of the British Columbia Regiment march. The five-year-old Warren Whitey Bernard ran away from his mother to his father, Private Jack Bernard, shouting, "Wait for me, dad." The photo was widely known, was published in Life, hung in every school in British Columbia during the war, and was used in military bond issues.

Priest Luis Padillo and a soldier wounded by a sniper during an uprising in Venezuela.

Mother and son in Concord, Alabama, near their house, which was completely destroyed by a tornado. April 2011

The guy is watching a family album, which he found in the rubble of his old house, after the earthquake in Sichuan.

4-month-old girl after the Japanese tsunami.

French citizens entering the Nazis in Paris during World War II.

Soldier Horace Grisley confronts Heinrich Himmler during a tour of the camp in which he was imprisoned. Surprisingly, Grisley left the camp many times to meet a German girl with whom he was in love.

Firefighter gives water to a koala during a forest fire. Australia 2009 year.

Father of the deceased son, at the memorial 9/11. During the tenth annual ceremonies at the World Trade Center.

Jacqueline Kennedy on the oath of Lyndon Johnson, upon assuming office of the President of the United States. Immediately after the death of her husband.

A girl in temporary isolation to identify and clean up radiation looks at her dog through the glass. Japan 2011

Journalists Yoon Li and Laura Ling, who were arrested in North Korea and sentenced to 12 years of hard labor, are reunited with their families in California. After successful US diplomatic intervention.

A mother meets her daughter after serving in Iraq.

Young pacifist Jane Rose Casmere, with a flower on bayonets of security guards at the Pentagon.
During the protest against the war in Vietnam. 1967 year.

"The man who stopped the tanks."
A cult photograph of an unknown rebel who stood in front of a column of Chinese tanks. Tiananmen, 1989

Harold Wittles hears for the first time in his life - the doctor has just installed a hearing aid for him.

Helen Fisher kisses a hearse carrying the body of her 20-year-old cousin, Private Douglas Halliday.

US Army troops land on D-Day. Normandy, June 6, 1944.

A World War II prisoner freed by the Soviet Union met with his daughter.
The girl sees her father for the first time.

A soldier of the People’s Liberation Army of Sudan at a rehearsal of the Independence Day parade.

Greg Cook hugs his lost dog after she was found. Alabama, after the Tornado in March 2012.

Photo taken by astronaut William Anders during the Apollo 8 mission. 1968 year.

Take a closer look at this photo. This is one of the most remarkable photographs that have ever been taken. The baby’s tiny pen reached from the womb to squeeze the surgeon’s finger. By the way, the child is 21 weeks from conception, the age when he can still be legally aborted. The tiny pen in the photo belongs to the baby who was supposed to be born on December 28 last year. The photo was taken during an operation in America.

The first reaction is to recoil in horror. It looks like a close-up of some terrible incident. And then you notice, in the very center of the photograph, a tiny pen grabbed by the surgeon's finger.
A child literally grabs hold of life. Therefore, this is one of the most remarkable photographs in medicine and the recording of one of the most extraordinary operations in the world. She shows a 21-week-old fetus in the womb, before the spinal surgery itself, which was required to save the baby from serious brain damage. The operation was performed through a tiny incision in the wall of the mother and this is the youngest patient. At this time, the mother may choose to have an abortion.

The most famous photograph that no one has seen, ”as Associated Press photographer Richard Drew calls his picture of one of the victims of the World Trade Center, who jumped out of the window to meet his own death on September 11
“On the day that was captured on cameras and on film more than any other day in history,” Tom Junod later wrote in “Esquire’, “the only taboo by common agreement was the pictures of people jumping out of the windows.” Five years later, Richard Drew's “falling man” remains a terrible artifact of that day, which was supposed to change everything, but did not change

Photographer Nick Utah took a photo of a Vietnamese girl running away from an exploding napalm. It was this picture that made the whole world think about the war in Vietnam.
The photo of 9-year-old girl Kim Fook on June 8, 1972 has gone down in history forever. Kim first saw this picture 14 months later in a hospital in Saigon, where she was treated for terrible burns. Kim still remembers how she fled from her brothers and sisters on the day of the bombing, and cannot forget the sound of falling bombs. Some soldier tried to help and doused her with water, not suspecting that this would make the burns even worse. Photographer Nick Utah helped the girl and took her to the hospital. At first, the photographer doubted whether it was worth publishing a photo of a naked girl, but then he decided that the world should see this picture.

Later, the photo was called the best photo of the XX century. Nick Yut tried to save Kim from being overly popular, but in 1982, when the girl was studying at a medical university, the Vietnamese government found her, and since then, the image of Kim has been used for propaganda purposes. “I was under constant control. I wanted to die, this photo haunted me, ”says Kim. Later, she managed to escape to Cuba to continue her education. There she met her future husband. Together they moved to Canada. Many years later, she finally realized that she could not escape from this photo, and decided to use it and her fame for the struggle for peace.

Malcolm Brown, a 30-year-old photographer (Associated Press) from New York, was phoned and asked to be at a particular intersection in Saigon the next morning, as something very important must happen. He came there with a reporter from the New York Times.soon a car drove up, several Buddhist monks got out of it. Among them is Thich Quang Duc, who sat in a lotus position with a box of matches in his hands, while the rest began to pour water on him. Thich Quang Duc struck a match and turned into a living torch. Unlike the weeping crowd watching him burn, he made no sound and did not move. Thich Quang Duc wrote a letter to the then head of the Vietnamese government asking them to stop the repressions against Buddhists, to stop the detention of monks and to give them the right to practice and spread their religion, but did not receive an answer

On December 3, 1984, the Indian city of Bhopal suffered from the largest technological disaster in human history. A giant poisonous cloud released into the atmosphere by an American pesticide plant covered the city, taking the lives of three thousand people that night, and another 15 thousand in the coming month. In total, more than 150,000 people were affected by the release of toxic waste, and this is not counting children born after 1984.

Surgeon Jay Vacanti of the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, along with micro-engineer Jeffrey Borenstein, is developing a technique for growing an artificial liver. In 1997, he managed to grow a human ear on the back of a mouse using cartilage cells.

The development of techniques to cultivate the liver is extremely relevant. In the UK alone, 100 people are waiting for transplantation, and, according to the British Liver Trust, most patients die before transplantation

A photograph taken by a reporter Alberto Korda at a rally in 1960, in which Che Guevara is also visible between a palm tree and someone’s nose, claims to be the most widely circulated photo in history

Steve McCurry's most famous photograph taken at a refugee camp on the Afghan-Pakistani border. Soviet helicopters destroyed the village of a young refugee, her whole family died, and before entering the camp, the girl traveled two weeks in the mountains. After publication in June 1985, this photo becomes an icon of National Geographic. Since then, this image has not been used where ever - from tattoos to rugs, which has turned the photo into one of the most widely circulated photos in the world

At the end of April 2004, the CBS Channel featured a 60-minute program on torture and bullying by Abu Ghraib prisoners in a group of American soldiers. The plot showed photographs that a few days later were published in The New Yorker magazine. This was the biggest scandal surrounding the presence of Americans in Iraq.
In early May 2004, the leadership of the US Armed Forces recognized that some of the methods of torture did not comply with the Geneva Convention and announced its readiness to publicly apologize.

According to the testimony of a number of prisoners, American soldiers raped them, rode them on horseback, forced them to catch food from prison toilets. In particular, the prisoners said: “They made us walk on all fours, like dogs, and yap. We had to bark like dogs, and if you didn’t bark, you were hit in the face without any pity. After that, they threw us in the cells, took away mattresses, poured water on the floor and forced us to sleep in this liquid without removing the hoods from our heads. And they took pictures of it all the time, "" One American said he would rape me. He painted a woman on my back and made me stand in a shameful position, holding my own scrotum in my hands ”

Stanley Forman / Boston Herald, USA. July 22, 1975, Boston. A child and a girl fall, trying to escape from a fire

Atomic mushroom over Nagasaki, author unknown

The September 11, 2001 terrorist attack (often referred to simply as 9/11) is a series of coordinated suicidal terrorist attacks in the United States of America. According to the official version, the responsibility for these attacks lies with the Islamic terrorist organization Al Qaeda.
On the morning of that day, nineteen terrorists allegedly related to Al Qaeda, having divided into four groups, captured four scheduled passenger airliners. Each group had at least one member who had completed initial flight training. The invaders sent two of these airliners to the towers of the World Trade Center, American Airlines flight 11 to WTC 1 tower, and United Airlines flight 175 to WTC 2 tower, as a result of which both towers collapsed, causing serious damage to adjacent buildings

White and color
1950 Elliott Erwitt photo

The photograph of the officer shooting the head of a handcuffed prisoner not only received the Pulitzer Prize in 1969, but also completely changed the attitude of Americans towards what was happening in Vietnam. Despite the obviousness of the image, in fact, the photograph is not as straightforward as it seemed to ordinary Americans, full of sympathy for the executed. The fact is that the man in handcuffs is the captain of the Viet Cong "revenge warriors", and on this day a lot of unarmed civilians were shot dead by him and his henchmen. General Nguyen Ngoc Loan, pictured on the left, has been haunted by his past all his life: he was refused treatment in an Australian military hospital, after moving to the United States he was faced with a massive campaign calling for his immediate deportation, the restaurant he opened in Virginia every day was attacked by vandals. “We know who you are!” - this inscription haunted the army general all his life

Republican soldier Federico Borel Garcia is depicted in the face of death. The picture caused a huge shock in society. The situation is absolutely unique. For the entire time of the attack, the photographer took only one picture, and at the same time made it at random, without looking at the viewfinder, he did not look towards the “model” at all. And this is one of the best, one of his most famous photographs. Thanks to this picture, already in 1938, newspapers called the 25-year-old Robert Kap “The Greatest Military Photographer in the World”

The photograph in which the hoisting of the Victory Banner over the Reichstag was captured circled the whole world. Evgeny Chaldey, 1945

By the beginning of the summer of 1994, Kevin Carter (Kevin Carter, 1960-1994) was at the pinnacle of fame. He had just received the Pulitser Prize, job offers from famous magazines rained down one after another. “Everyone congratulates me,” he wrote to his parents, “I can’t wait to meet and show you my trophy. This is the highest recognition of my work, which I did not dare even dream of. "

Kevin Carter won the Pulitser Prize for his photograph of Hunger in Sudan, taken in early spring 1993. On this day, Carter flew specially to Sudan to shoot scenes of hunger in a small village. Tired of filming people who died of hunger, he left the village in a field overgrown with small bushes and suddenly heard a quiet cry. Looking around, he saw a little girl lying on the ground, apparently dying of hunger. He wanted to take a picture of her, but suddenly a vulture vulture landed a few steps away. Very carefully, trying not to frighten away the bird, Kevin chose the best position and took a picture. After that, he waited another twenty minutes, hoping that the bird would spread its wings and give him the opportunity to make a better shot. But the damned bird did not move and, in the end, he spat and drove her away. Meanwhile, the girl apparently gained strength and went on - or rather crawled - further. And Kevin sat down by the tree and cried. He suddenly terribly wanted to hug his daughter.

November 13, 1985. Eruption of the volcano Nevado del Ruiz - Colombia. Mountain snow is melting, and a mass of dirt, earth and water 50 meters thick literally erases everything in its path from the face of the earth. The death toll exceeded 23,000. The catastrophe received a tremendous response around the world, in part thanks to a photograph of a little girl named Omira Sanchez. She was trapped - on the neck in a slush, her legs were clamped in the concrete structure of the house. Rescuers tried to pump out the dirt and free the child, but in vain. The girl stayed for three days, after which she became infected with several viruses at once. As journalist Cristina Echandia, who has been around all this time, recalls, Omira sang and talked with others. She was scared and she constantly wanted to drink, but she was very courageous. On the third night, she started hallucinating.

Gorilla in Congo, Lent Stiroton, 2007

People carry a murdered 230-kilogram gorilla on an impromptu stretcher in the African Virunga Reserve, Congo. Poachers began to attack gorillas and cut down forests. Following the publication of this photograph, nine African countries, including the Congo, signed an agreement to protect the mountain gorillas in Virunga.

Death of Ned, an unknown photographer, 2009

A woman was killed by a pro-government sniper during protests in Iran. This photo captured the last look of Neda Aga Soltan into the sky, after which it became viral, and was used as a call to stop the war in Iran.