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Top 25 of the most famous photographs of the world

Am 14/03/2019 in 17:14

Discovered during a photo exhibition or in the international newspapers’ front pages, these 25 photos marked our time and the History of photography. 

N°25 – V-J Day in Times Square (1945) - Albert Eisenstaedt

The passionate kiss of a sailor and a young woman celebrating the end of the Second World War. 


N°24 – Dali Atomicus (1948) – Philippe Halsman

The master of surrealism and the photographer reproduce special effects ahead of time.


N°23 –The Oscar selfie of Bradley Cooper (2014)

This selfie took during the Oscar Ceremony hold the record of celebrities on a photo.


N°22 – Windblown Jackie (1971) - Ron Galella

The First Lady captured by one of the first paparazzi.


N°21 – D Day (1944) – Robert Capa

The photojournalist attends, with shaking hands, the landing of the allies in Normandy.


N°20 – The Situation Room (2011) – Pete Souza

President Barack Obama and his team following the capture of Bin Laden


N°19 – Dovima and the elephants (1955) - Richard Avedon 

A mythical fashion photograph taken at the Winter Circus for Harper’s Bazaar


N°18 – L. Brejnev et E. Honecker (1979) – Régis Bossu

An unexpected “Russian-style” kiss during the Cold War reproduced on Berlin’s Wall.


N°17 – Mohammed Ali vs. Sonny Liston - (1955) Neil Leifer

The immortalization of Mohammed Ali’s KO on Sonny Liston.  


N°16 - Migrant mother (1936) - Dorothea Lange 

This shot became the symbol of the Great Depression and erected as a flag bearer for refugees.


N°15 – Napalm Girl (1972) Nick Ut

This illustration of the Vietnam War’s horror, which participated to the public opinion’s awareness.


N°14 – Mickael Jordan (1984) – Co Rentmeester

Moving picture of one of the most iconic sports silhouettes. 


N°13 – The Pillow Fight (1964) – Harry Benson

Fraternal image of the group celebrating its success.


N°12 – Behind the Gare Saint Lazare (1932) – Henri Cartier Bresson

A superb game of reflections captured in monochrome.


N°11 – The Afghan (1984) - Steeve Mc Curry

The iconic image of an Afghan girl in a Pakistan camp, who has become an icon of the refugees people. 


N°10 – Guerillero Heroico (1960) –Alberto Korda

A portrait of Che Guevara, symbol of the Cuban revolution, then of the pop culture


N°9 – The Loch Ness Monster (1934) – Unknown photographer

The first picture (rigged) of Nessie having spread doubt for few years.


N°8 – Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville (1950) Robert Doisneau 

An inescapable photo staged for the Life magazine.


N°7 – The Men who walked on the Moon (1969) Neil Armstrong

The first men who walked on the moon immortalizes his teammate.


N°6 – Black Power Salute (1968) John Dominis 

Tommie Smith and John Carlos, and their famous Black Panthers salute at the Mexico City Olympics Medal ceremony.


N°5 – Lunch at the top of a skyscraper (1932) - Unknown photographer

Published in the New York Herald Tribute, this image of 11 American builders of tomorrow was an advertisement for the Rockefeller Center. . 


N°4 – (1963) – Robert H Jackson

The photographer received the Pulitzer Prize for this photo of the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald, the suspected murderer of JFK, by Jack Ruby.


N°3 – Albert Einstein (1951) – Arthur Sasse

A facetious portrait captured on the spot the day of his 72nd birthday. 


N°2–  Marilyn Monroe (1955) Sam Shaw

A legendary image taken in the streets of New York to close the filming of “The Seven Year Itch”.


N°1 - The Man from Tian’anmen Square (1989) - Jeff Widener

Probably the most famous photograph, symbol of the inequality of a fight between students and the Chinese army. So far, the identity of the man facing the tank remains unknown.

© 2018 Justine Grosset