Photos That Changed the World

                                                                     By: Ryan Kinney

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima

"Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima" 1945 by: Joe Rosenthal is a historic moment captured within a frame and cherished for its significance and photographic beauty. The photo, shot in Iwo Jima, Japan, shows when four men raised an American flag on the war-wrecked land, declaring its win. This is still historic because it shows how, even after fighting for their lives and watching people die, they still worked together to raise the flag and finish the war.

Migrant Mother

"Migrant Mother" 1936 by: Dorthea Lange is perhaps one of the most famous photos showing a horrible tragedy in our history: The Dust Bowl. I chose this photo because it showed the hardships people went through, and it clearly shows you what this mother is thinking as her children cling to her, all of them gritty with dust. Taken in Nipomo, California, it shows what our country went through, and taught us a lesson we won't ever forget.

New Shoes

"New Shoes" 1946 by: Gerald Waller is a touching, and heart-warming picture of a young Austrian orphan receiving his first pair of new shoes. This photo had significance to me because it showed that although his parents were gone, he could still be happy, even if it was only over something people carelessly overlook. It shows the hope for humanity, that maybe, one day, we can all cherish what we have and end the conflict we have created.

Burst of Joy

"Burst of Joy" 1973 by: Slava Veder is the touching photo of a militant being reunited with his family at Travis AFB (Air Force Base) in California. You can clearly see the ear-to-ear grins on all his family members' faces, and his assumed daughter rushing towards him, caught mid-jump, about to hug him. It shows us the heart warming scene of coming home from war.

Wait For Me, Daddy

"Wait For Me, Daddy" 1940 by: Claude P. Dettloff is the beginning tragedy of the war: send off. This sad photo shows a little boy running to his father as he walks in line, about to go into service, and the boy's mother reaching to grab him before their hands can touch each other. In the background, some soldiers look amused, while others show only annoyance, and the difference between militants' emotions is startling. I chose this photo because I thought it was a reminder that, although you see those happy photos of people being reunited, there's a chance the parents won't come home, and I thought this was a good picture to depict that, and that the hardship of the war doesn't always have to be on the battlefield.

Operation Lion Heart

"Operation Lion Heart" 2005 by: Deanne Fitzmaurice is the story of a nine-year old Iraqi boy told through photos after he was critically injured by a land mine. He was taken to Oakland, California (where the photo was shot) and was thrown into surgery , miraculously surviving. He lost an eye, his right hand, and most of the fingers on his left hand. He had extensive injuries in his abdomen, but he recovered. This is a story of hope and strength, and that's why I chose this.

La Jeune Fille a la Fleur

"La Jeune Fille a la Fleur" 1967 by: Marc Riboud is the powerful image of 17-year Jane Kasmir standing in front of a line of soldiers in Vietnam with nothing more than a daisy as a sign of peace. The peaceful protesting movement became known as Flower Power, when people went to soldiers with bouquets and bouquets of flowers to offer, trying to resolve the conflict. This is a meaningful photo that stuck with me, so I chose it to show you.

Hear For the First Time

"Hear For the First Time" 1974 by: Jack Bradley is a mysterious photo that was published in Reader's Digest in 1974, and other than the author, remained very vague. It's the photo of Harold Whittles putting his hearing aid on and listening, and hearing everything, for the first time. The face he made was what caught my attention, and I loved the sheer shock he had, so I chose this.

Candy Cigarette

"Candy Cigarette" 1989 by: Sally Mann is the true meaning of beauty in black and white photography. It shows so much, and let's you infer what you want to about what's going on in the photo, which is of a ten-year old girl posing with a cigarette. It shows the maturity and yet underlying feeling in a photo, so I chose it for my project.

Tank Man

"Tank Man" 1989 by: Jeff Widener is the moving photo of a man in Tiananmen Square in China. The man is standing in front of a line of tanks in a symbol of bravery and protest, trying to stop the machines. I chose it because it's a renowned photo, and symbolizes what every one should have: The gut to stand up for what they believe in.

The Power of One

"The Power of One" 2007 by: Oded Balilty is a picture of an Iraqi woman protesting against armed militants. As in the name of the photo, the power of one is shown here, a woman fighting for what she believes in. I chose this because it was moving and influential.

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