The Most Important Images of the Last 100 Years?
by Peter Zack
So what do you think have been the most iconic photo journalistic images from the last 100 years? Today is the 20th anniversary of Tiananmen Square and it got me to thinking about the images that have riveted you the most.
I would have to suggest that the man standing in front of the tank is one of the most important. Maybe because we know nothing of his fate. Is he alive today? What happened to him that day?
Possibly one of the most important images because he is standing up to overwhelming odds on his own. It speaks to the power of the camera. We know nothing about this person and the only record of the event is a single image taken that day. An important piece of history recorded forever and a reminder of the political system he and his fellow citizens must endure.
Photo: Robert Capa, D-Day
Photographs can capture symbols and events leading to the freedom we often take for granted so easily. It’s an odd coincidence, that this is also the anniversary weekend of the D-day landings, that gave us in the west the freedom to go take photos of anything we like.
Photo: Nick Ut
Maybe it’s this image that changed how many have looked at the violence of war.
I would like to hear your suggestions of what you think are the most iconic photo journalistic images of the last 100 years.
-Cheers and good shooting –Peter Zack