When we think of something influential in recent history, we immediately think of a photograph of that moment.
If someone mentions Albert Einstein, for example, it’s likely that you’d think of the picture where he’s sticking his tongue out before his theory of relativity.
Hear something about Iwo Jima and the iconic photo of the marines planting the American flag probably comes to mind.
A photograph resonates. And most of the ones that stick with us are the ones in black and white. But what if they were in colour? Would they be equally powerful?
The answer is yes.
1. The last photograph taken of Abraham Lincoln in 1865
2. Testing out a bullet proof vest – September 13, 1932 in Washington, D.C
3. Photographer Dorothea Lange holding her camera in February 1936
4. Charlie Chaplin
5. A store in Gordonton, North Carolina in 1939
6. Charles Darwin
7. Albert Einstein at a Princeton University luncheon in 1953
8. Florence Owens Thompson and her children in 1936 in Nipomo, California
9. People lining up to receive aid during the Great Ohio River Flood of 1937
10. Sgt. George Camblair using a gas mask during a practice smokescreen in 1942 at Fort Belvoir, Virginia
11. George Orwell
12. Men in one of the Hoover Dam turbines in the early 1930s as it was being built
13. Seth Kinman, a Californian hunter, in 1865 in a chair that he would later present to President Andrew Johnson
14. Marines raising the American flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima
15. An unemployed lumber worker and his wife at the bean harvest in 1939
16. Mark Twain
17. A Buddhist monk burning himself to death on a Saigon street as a protest against the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government in 1963
18. Salividor Dali in 1965
19. The 1927 Solvay Conference where the world’s most notable physicists met to discuss the newly formulated quantum theory
20. Mauretania’s first Chief Engineer, John Currie, and some other people in 1909 at the Canada Dock, Liverpool
21. A US nuclear weapons test at 1946 at Bikini Atoll
22. A Vietcong guerilla being executed in 1968 during the early stages of the Tet Offensive
23. A model floating at Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida in 1947
24. Sailor kissing a nurse on ‘V-J Day’ in Times Square in 1945
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