Here’s the compilation of powerful images that will help you gain a deeper understanding of humanity and make you ponder life.
“Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.”
– Peter Adams
These pictures reflect both human experiences and world events and may evoke different sorts of emotions – happy, sad, anger, nostalgia, gratitude, regret, compassion, and many others.
But, these historical photos are worth seeing and will surely leave a lasting impression on your mind.
So, without much ado let’s get started.
1. Starving boy and missionary
2. Inside an Auschwitz gas chamber
3. Heart surgeon
After 23-hour-long (successful) heart transplant. His assistant is sleeping in the corner.
4. Father and son (1949 vs 2009)
Image credits: Vojage-Vojage
5. Diego Frazão Torquato
12 year old Brazilian playing the violin at his teacher’s funeral. The teacher had helped him escape poverty and violence through music
6. A Russian soldier
Playing an abandoned piano in Chechnya in 1994
7. A young man just found out his brother was killed
8. Christians protect Muslims
During prayer in the midst of the 2011 uprisings in Cairo, Egypt
9. A firefighter gives water to a koala
During the devastating Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia, in 2009
10. Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter
after serving in Iraq for 7 months
11. Alcoholic father with his son
12. Embracing couple in the rubble of a collapsed factory
13. Sunset on Mars
14. Five-year-old gypsy boy on New Year’s Eve 2006
In the gypsy community of St. Jacques, Perpignan, Southern France. It is quite common in St. Jacques for little boys to smoke
15. Hhaing The Yu, 29,
Holds his face in his hand as rain falls on the decimated remains of his home near Myanmar’s capital of Yangon (Rangoon). In May 2008, cyclone Nargis struck southern Myanmar, leaving millions homeless and claiming more than 100,000 lives.
16. “Wait For Me Daddy,” by Claude P. Dettloff in New Westminster, Canada, October 1, 1940
17. An old WW2 Russian tank veteran
Finally found the old tank in which he passed through the entire war – standing in a small Russian town as a monument
18. Flower power
Image credits: Bernie Boston
19. The Graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, Holland, 1888
Image credits: retronaut.com
20. Demonstration of condom usage at a public market in Jayapura, capital of Papua, 2009
Image credits: Adri Tambunan
21. Russian soldiers preparing for the Battle of Kursk, July 1943
Image credits: Shirak Karapetyan-Milshtein
Update: Our reader Leif-Erik pointed out that this photograph was actually created in 2006-2007 for a photo competition. It is based on archive photos from the war in Russia in 1941-1945
22. Some parents, likely now in their 70′s, still looking for their missing child.
These powerful images speak in volume! Do you agree?
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