Photographs That Changed The World

“Photography is the story i fail to put into words” – Destin Sparks

Photographs are a beautiful, useful and an important part of our lives these days, for they capture memories and help us to relive moments that sure don’t come back. There’s a story behind every picture and as put by Sparks above, they tell a story so beautiful that only the viewer understands what the image is all about.

It’s the 19th of August, and we are a one hundred percent sure that there will be half the world out there today celebrating the day by no other means but by clicking some amazing shots around the world. Why is it you may ask? Well, it’s the World Photography Day and it’s a day to celebrate millions of photographers out there who capture something beautiful each new day. They show ‘their world’ to the entire world through the medium of lens and help bring about either a positive change, create awareness, or just click an impactful shot and experience the beauty around the world. This World Photography Day we have lined up some iconic images from history taken by influential photographers that created an impact in the world.


1)Lewis Hine’s famous image – Cotton Mill Girl | 1908

When Lewis Hine, an investigative photographer associated with National Child Labour Committee aiming for the right of child workers in USA, came across Sadie Pfeifer, the youngest child labour working in a cotton mill, we knew he had a shot that would change the world and a lot of people’s lives. The outcome of this photograph along with some more led to a sharp cut of 50% in the number of child labours over the next 10 years.


2) Philippe Halsman | Dalí Atomicus | 1948

Philippe Halsman known to capture the essence of those he photographed, set out to create something extraordinary with Salvatore Dali. In a time where there was no photoshop, he took help from his wife and daughter in throwing water and cats into the frame and finally after 26 shots they captured this image that has echoes of Dali’s own artwork in it.


3) Earthrise William Anders, NASA 1968

It was the Christmas eve on the 24th of December, exactly 3 days after Apollo 8 become the first manned mission to orbit the moon and the spacecraft emerged from the far side of the moon when Astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders witness the Earth rising for the very first time. Anders struggled to capture the image at first but eventually came out with this image which become the first coloured picture of Earth from the Space.


4) Pillars of Creation NASA 1995

Carried aloft in 1990 aboard the space shuttle Atlantis, ober-budget and its 8-foot lens distorted as a manufacturing flaw, it was not until after 1993 repair mission that the Hubble Telescope began delivering the goods. The resultant was so clear and deep that it came to be known as the ‘Pillars of Creation’. What Hubble photographed is the Eagle Nebula, a star-forming patch of space 6,500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Serpens Cauda. One image achieved what a thousand astronomy symposia never could.


5) Surfing Hippos Michael Nichols 2000

It was in 2000 when Michael Nichols and National Geographic Society explorer Michael undertook an arduous 2000 mile trek in Africa and came across a sight no one had seen before. Although known to spend most of their time in water, Hippopotamus’s natural habitat is an inland river or swamp than in an open ocean. Nichols captured the beautiful shot and its effect was seen when Gabon President Omar Bongo decided to create a system of national parks covering 11 percent of the country, ensuring that there will be at least some space left for the wild to live freely.

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