Click a photo. Take a selfie. Do it all today, because it’s World Photography Day. The date behind World Photography Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre in 1837. The idea behind the World Photography Day is simple: photos that bring a change!
Any picture can speak a thousand words, but only a select few can uproot nations, change ideologies and make a difference! The influence that this list of photographs carry is astounding! And what better day to showcase them than on World Photography Day?
- Syrian boy Omran: look into his eyes. He’s silent, but he tells you a lot. From under the rubble...
- The man in this iconic photograph is Qutubuddin Ansari, a tailor, as he pleads for mercy during the Godhra riots in Gujarat, 2002.
- “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” Neil Armstrong. Need we say more about this iconic picture?
- God, look at it! Seen as Africa’s despair, the image of a vulture preying upon a starving toddler was taken by photographer Kevin Cater. He faced criticism for not helping the toddler, and tragically killed himself three months after the picture was published.
- The photograph that allowed geniuses to have a sense of humor.
- The 1945 Nagasaki Atomic Bomb: Proof of man’s ability to destroy on a large scale, an extremely large scale.
- A missionary holds hands with a starving boy in Uganda. Such a pity!
- This shot by astronaut Bill Anders changed the way we think of our plant and its place in the cosmos!
- An Afghan man gives tea to a U.S solider. Who knew issues could be solved over a few drinks?
- The body of Che Guevara as the Bolivian Government poses alongside. The fall of a revolutionist, the fall of the people!
- Five U.S Marines and a Navy sailor were captured raising an American flag atop Mount Suribachi on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima. This picture depicts love for a nation!
- The walk of purpose, the Mahatma Gandhi way!
- This four month old Japanese baby brings light to the 2011 Japan Tsunami. Which means hope can be found in the worst times, too!
- Connie Kopelov and Phyllis Siegel become the first gay couple to get married in Manhattan in 2011.
- Sharbat Gula, an Afghan girl becomes one of the most iconic National Geographic covers of all times and a symbol of the struggle of refugees everywhere.
- How Life Begins: Lennart Nilsson began taking pictures of developing fetuses with an endoscope in 1957, and the 1965 publication of his photos in Life Magazine was a breakthrough in showing people where we all came from.
- In May 2005, NASA’s Mars Rover presents the world with a vision of Mars at dusk.
- Jeff Widener captured this shot of “the unknown rebel” standing in front of a line of tanks. The man was shortly led away and never seen again, but his act of nonviolent protest was a vital moment in world history.
- Oh that moment….that moment India awakened to freedom.
- The worst our country has ever seen: The Bhopal gas tragedy. This photograph of a child buried under the debris is the perfect example of what the gas tragedy has done to the people of Bhopal!
- The photograph that gave a face to the Great Depression!
- The Mangalyaan mission cost India only 11% of what it cost NASA to enter Mars. And what's more, we did it on the first attempt.
- Kosovar refugee Agim Shala, 2, was passed through a barbed wire fence into the hands of his grandparents at a camp run by United Arab Emirates in Kukes, Albania.
Phew! What an impact!
Now, how about some impactful videos?
Just like these photographs, these videos have struck the right chords!