Top 10 World’s Most Famous Photos!

1. Afghan Girl [1984]
Photographer: Steve McCurry

The afghan girl, picture shot by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry. Sharbat Gula was one of the students in an informal school within the refugee camp; McCurry, rarely given the opportunity to photograph Afghan women, seized the opportunity and captured her image. She was approximately 12 years old at the time. She made it on the cover of National Geographic next year, and her identity was discovered in 1992.

2. Omayra Sánchez [1985]
Photographer: Frank Fournier

Omayra Sánchez was one of the 25,000 victims of the Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia) volcano which erupted on November 14, 1985. The 13-year old had been trapped in water and concrete for 3 days. The picture was taken shortly before she died and it caused controversy due to the photographer’s work and the Colombian government’s inaction in the midst of the tragedy, when it was published worldwide after the young girl’s death.

3. Stricken child crawling towards a food camp [1994]
Photographer: Kevin Carter

The photo is the “Pulitzer Prize” winning photo taken in 1994 during the Sudan Famine. The picture depicts stricken child crawling towards an United Nations food camp, located a kilometer away.

The vulture is waiting for the child to die so that it can eat him. This picture shocked the whole world. No one knows what happened to the child, including the photographer Kevin Carter who left the place as soon as the photograph was taken. Three months later he committed suicide due to depression.

4. Napalm Girl Phan Thị Kim Phúc [1972]
Photographer: Nick Ut

The iconic photo taken in Trang Bang by AP photographer Nick Ut shows Phan Thị Kim Phúc at about age nine running naked on a road after being severely burned on her back by a South Vietnamese napalm attack.

05. The plight of Kosovo refugees [1999]
Photographer: Carol Guzy

The photo is part of The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning entry (2000) showing how a Kosovar refugee Agim Shala, 2, is passed through a barbed wire fence into the hands of grandparents at a camp run by United Arab Emirates in Kukes, Albania. The members of the Shala family were reunited here after fleeing the conflict in Kosovo.

6. Marilyn Monroe’s Skirt Up [1954]
From Film: The Seven Year Itch

 

In September 1954, Monroe filmed one of the key scenes for The Seven Year Itch in New York City. In it, she stands with her co-star, Tom Ewell, while the air from a subway grating blows her skirt up.

7. Vietnam War [1968]
Photographer: Eddie Adams

February 1, 1968. South Vietnam police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan shots a young man, whom he suspects to be a Viet Kong soldier.

8. Burning Monk – The Self-Immolation [1963]
Photographer: Malcolm Browne

09. The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire [1911]
Photographer: International Ladies Garmet workers Union

Picture of bodies at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. Company rules were to keep doors closed to the factory so workers (mostly immigrant women) couldn’t leave or steal. When a fire ignited, disaster struck. 146 people died that day.

10. Einstein with his Tongue Out [1951]
Photographer: Arthur Sasse

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