Most Famous And Influential Photographs Ever
There is an inherent power to photography, whether it is the power for it to bring people together as with a corporate photo booth hire, a way to capture a moment in time or the ability to change history as we know it.
When the earliest photographs were taken in the early 19th century, even with the difficulty and time it took to capture and develop early photographs, it was clear that they provided a window to the world in a way that was quicker and more honestly than portraits and paintings of the time.
As a result, there are many photographs that have captured moments in time in a way that would have been impossible previously.
Here are just a few examples.
Lunch Atop A Skyscraper
One of the most famous photographs ever taken, albeit one that is prone to misinterpretation and mysteries surrounding the unknown person who took the picture and the identities of many of the people in the picture itself, Lunch atop a Skyscraper highlights the magic of the mundane.
The 11 people sitting, chatting and enjoying a workplace lunch together whilst on an I-beam suspended in the clouds above New York City itself was actually taken as a publicity stunt, but the image has endured as a symbol of hope during The Great Depression.
Taken by Jeff Widener and amongst the most famous and shocking photographs ever taken, it depicts an unknown student who stepped out in front of a column of tanks leaving Tiananmen Square, Bejing in 1989, temporarily causing a standoff between a dozen tanks and a single man.
Taking place shortly after the vicious and violent crackdown of protests in the area the image has become an iconic and powerful symbol of resistance, to the point that it is still strongly censored within China itself.