Monday, June 4, 2012

25 Powerful Photographs That Will Shake You To Your Core

Photography is an art form: It shouldn't be censored, and it certainly should not be filtered. These photographs, along with countless honourable mentions, depict the true power of what a photograph can be. No filters, photoshopping, or special effects can produce a photo more powerful than one that is taken raw of an extraordinary event--and capturing a rare instance of otherwise hard-to-imagine events is, to me, what true photography is about.

Haiti man disposing of bodies in a nonchalant fashion. After a complete breakdown of Haiti infrastructure, rapid body disposal was of the utmost importance to the health and safety of the general public.

A dog named 'Leao' takes his loyalty to the grave. This was taken on the second day in a row of the dog refusing to leave his owner's resting place.

A father stares at the hands of his daughter, which were chopped-off as punishment for him having produced too little caoutchouc (rubber) in Congo.

Christians protecting Muslims during protests in Egypt by forming a circle surrounding the group while they prayed.

A collection of wedding rings that were stolen from Jewish prisoners that entered the death camp, Bechaun. This is part of a series of photographs that depict the human depravity and devolution that allowed the holocaust to take place.

Evelyn McHale, who jumped 1050ft to her death on May 1st, 1947. This photo has been dubbed 'The Most Beautiful Suicide'. Taken by Robert Wiles a few moments after Evelyn jumped from the observation deck of the Empire State Building.

A four-month-old baby who was missing for 4 days is miraculously rescued from rubble by Japanese soldiers after the tsunami that rocked the coast of Japan in 2011.

Apollo 11, in 1969, landing on the moon. The little guys on the blue planet finally made it to the gray one; among the greatest accomplishments in history.

Terri Gurrola reunites with her daughter after serving 7 months in Iraq. 

Defiance: A Chinese civilian who has been dubbed as 'Tank Man' refuses to move and let Chinese Army tanks pass at the infamous Tienanmen Square incident.

Helen Fisher kisses the hearse carrying the body of her 20-year-old cousin through Wootton Bassett, England. Overwhelmed with emotion, the grieving family member stepped onto the road as the convoy passed, carrying the bodies of 7 fallen soldiers.

Journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling reunite with their family in California, after having been arrested in North Korea and sentenced to 12 years hard labour.

Retired police Captain, Ray Lewis, arrested during the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York City in 2011.

John Lennon autographing a picture for Mark David Chapman, the man who would later go on to infamously murder Lennon outside his home in New York City on December 8th, 1980.

The child of a Klu-Klux-Klan member, out of innocent curiosity, touches the riot shield of a black State Trooper.

Jewish people being liberated after their 'Death Train' is stopped by US Army tanks on its way to a death camp, circa late-1944. Major Clarence L. Benjamin took this photo the moment the people in the train first saw his squadron's tanks and realized that they were being liberated. He later recounts: "Many of those close to the train are not yet aware of their liberation."

"If I don't photograph this, people like my mom will think war is what they see on T.V." - Kenneth Jarecke, photojournalist (Charred remains of an Iraqi Soldier with his final look of pain imprinted on his face.)

Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk, setting himself ablaze in a final act of protest against the Vietnam War.

A Vietnamese girl plays dress up after being treated for severe burns.

'Falling Man'--A man jumps to his death from the World Trade Center after it is struck by a passenger jet that had been hijacked by Islamic terrorists on September 11th, 2001. 

Eight-year-old Christian Golczynski learns the horrors of war as he accepts his father's flag (Marine Staff Sgt. Marc Golczynski), who had been killed while on patrol during his second tour-of-duty in Iraq, which he had volunteered for. 

A vulture waits patiently for a young child to die. Photographer Kevin Carter took his own life after snapping this picture, claiming that overwhelming guilt put him into a severe depression because of the horrors he had seen while working as a photographer.

Robert Peraza pauses over his son's name at the 9/11 Memorial during the tenth anniversary of the WTC attacks.

Omaira Sanchez, one of 25,000 victims of the Nevado del Ruiz (Columbia) volcano, which erupted on November 14th, 1985. This 13-year-old had been trapped in water and concrete for 3 days; this photo was snapped shortly before she died.

Prisoner of War Horace Greasley defiantly stares down Heinrich Himmler, Hitler's right-hand-man, who was responsible for the Holocaust. Greasley's confrontation with Himmler took place during an inspection of the camp he was confined to. The inmates were ordered to remain seated, but Greasley refused. Horace Greasley also escaped the death camp, but sneaked back in to rescue a German woman whom he had fallen in love with.

An honourable mention goes to this 2007 Pulitzer prize winning feature photography series.

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