Photography has helped to keep history alive and intact, making it more tangible and real. It has proved that the camera is no less than a weapon that presents sheer truth in front of your eyes. Below are the few photographers you got to witness if you’re an aspiring photographer.
Saigon Execution | 1968
Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Eddie Adams was right on the streets of Saigon on 1st February 1968 capturing the wrath of the war. Giving into that fact that he was witnessing a routine execution of a prisoner, He swiftly looked through the viewfinder of his camera, to capture the scene. But what instead he caught in the camera was the casual assassination of the prisoner.
Winston Churchill | 1941
“By the time I got back to my camera, he looked so belligerent, he could have devoured me. It was at that instant that I took the photograph.”–Yousuf KarshThe undaunted photographer was told by Churchill “You can even make a roaring lion stand still to be photographed.”This image is one of the most widely reproduced political portraits. It gave photographers the permission and courage to take more honest, and even more critical, portraits of political leaders.
The Terror of War | 1972
“The horror of the Vietnam War recorded by me did not have to be fixed.”–Nick Ut25 miles northwest of Saigon, a war photographer named Nick Ut, captured one of the most horrendous images in the history of the Vietnam War. Usually, the faces of those suffering through the collateral damage of war are not seen. But the pitying image of the 9-year-old Phan Thi Kim Phuc forced the world to feel it deep within.
Gandhi and the Spinning Wheel| 1946
Margaret Bourke-White was LIFE magazine’s first female photographer, who was offered a rare opportunity to capture Mahatma Gandhi in the year 1946. This golden opportunity quickly turned into a nightmare as she had to face a lot challenges on her way to gaining access to India's ideological leader, Including a chance to spin Gandhi's famous homespun.
Cotton Mill Girl | 1908
Founded in 1904, the National Child Labor Committee came up to fight for the rights of child workers in the USA. They realized that the best way they had was to show the real face of these children. It led them to believe that seeing these images of child labor would awaken the citizens to ask for change.
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