Top 30 Historical Photos – Part 3 of 3

Top 30 Historical Photos – Part 3 of 3

An in-depth look at 30 photos that had a huge emotional impact on the world and changed things for better. View the third set of 10 of 30 photos.

Tiananmen Square Protest by Jeff Widener

Source: Jeff Widener
Source: Jeff Widener

In 1989, hundreds of Chinese students protested the communism they were forced to live under. After weeks of protests, the government stormed into Beijing and stopped the protests. There are mixed numbers on how many were believed to have been killed, but the numbers are likely in the hundreds or even thousands.

This picture captures the bold spirit of one lone man standing against a massive military. Widener was on the sixth floor of the Beijing Hotel when he shot this photograph. He used a Nikon FE2 with Fuji 100 ASA color film. Widener attached a Nikkor 400mm 5.6 ED IF lens and used a TC-301 teleconverter.

Kent State by John Filo

Kent State
Source: John Filo

Student protests and police clashed at Kent State University on Monday, May 4, 1970. John Filo snapped the image of a 14-year-old runaway crying as she kneeled down beside the fallen body of her friend.

Filo was a student at Kent State at the time. Filo snapped this shot as bullets whizzed past his head. It was taken with a Nikkormat camera and Tri X film from the vantage of a hill top several hundred feet away.

Innocence Lost

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Source: Under Fair Use

Anne Frank was a young Jewish girl whose family hid from the Nazi troops during World War II. This photo is thought to have been taken around 1942.

Her diary entries touched the hearts of many around the world and brought to light details of the horrific events of the Holocaust.

Information is not available on who took this photograph or what equipment they used. It is a snapshot where the subject fills the framed and is posed.

Tragedy in Oklahoma by Charles Porter IV

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Source: Charles Porter IV

On April 19th, 1995, a bomb attack was launched on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

There was a daycare in the building.

This image is of firefighter Chris Fields gently cradling one-year-old Baylee Almon.

This “spot” news photograph was snapped with a Canon EOS-A2. Porter simply aimed his camera and began snapping pictures of the scene as it unfolded before him.

S.W.A.T. Versus Cuban Boy by Alan Diaz

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Source: Alan Diaz

In late 1999, Elian Gonzalez mother drowned while trying to escape to the United States from Cuba. Elian was the sole survivor and living with family in Miami.

The boy’s father, a Cuban citizen, asked for custody and an ensuing battle took place.

The image of a SWAT team busting into the family’s home and taking the terrified six-year-old was one that stayed with those who saw it. Diaz spent weeks and as many as 16 hours a day becoming familiar with the family and the layout of the home. This allowed him to focus on the events going on as he snapped this photo.

The gunman is the focal point of the photograph and on the right edge of the frame is a terrified Elian and the fisherman who originally pulled him from a makeshift inner tube in the middle of the ocean.

Child of U.S. Navy Sailor by Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Juan Manuel Pinalez

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Source: Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Juan Manuel Pinalez

This U.S. Navy photo shows a child holding onto the pant leg of her father while waiting to flee the Tsunami ravaged Japan.

The photo was snapped on March 18, 2011 and reminded us of what military families sacrifice by giving up time with parents or facing uncertain circumstances.

The focal point of the photograph is the child and the father’s leg is used almost as a prop. She fills the majority of the frame.

She is slight off center, which draws the eyes over to the left of the frame and toward the child.

D-Day by Robert Capa

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Source: Robert Capa

Rare footage of United States soldiers in battle on Omaha Beach on D-Day, 1944.

The Normandy Invasion was a turning point in the war and helped eventually secure victory over German troops.

Capa went on this assignment with two Contax II cameras with 50-mm lenses.

Although he took about 106 shots, an assistant ruined many of them and only six were usable.

The lighting is poor, the photographs are fuzzy, but they still capture the enormity of the mission.

Birmingham, 1963 by Charles Moore

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Source: Charles Moore

Charles Moore was an Alabama photographer who snapped the protests in Birmingham in 1963. Moore also captures photos, such as police turning a fire hose on teen protestors.

This photo and others by him brought to light the intense Civil Rights battle. Moore had an excellent working knowledge of the Rolleiflex camera.

The photograph is taken at close proximity, meaning that Moore had to get right into the midst of the protests to capture this moment.

Man on the Moon by Neil Armstrong

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Source: Neil Armstrong

In July of 1969, the United States made space history when it landed the Apollo 11 on the surface of the moon. Neil Armstrong snapped fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s picture. The images from this landing spurred an age of space exploration for the next several decades. The image was taken with a Hasselblad 500EL camera adapted specifically for the Apollo mission. The photo was taken to show the surface of the moon as much as the man on that surface.

September 11th, Aerial Views

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Source: Under Public Domain

A set of images taken by the New York City Police in helicopters following the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks reveals the horrific impact of the collapse of the two buildings.

The events of 9/11 changed everything from airport security to the sense of security Americans had on their own soil.

No longer could they be certain there would be no terror attacks on American soil. The world was changed forever on that sunny, September morning.

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