Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Power of a Picture

All pictures are worth 1,000 words, but some have captured history in one single photograph. There is something about photography that is intriguing. Images can stay in a mind for a lifetime and can perfectly depict a time frame. 
"George W. Bush calls Katrina photo huge mistake" came up on the front page of today. It is an article about the infamous picture of George W. looking out the window of Air Force One at the damage Hurricane Katrina had left in New Orleans. The picture was consistently used to portray the lack of effort and responsibility by the Bush Administration after the destruction. George W. Bush talks about how one picture can ruin an image for a lifetime...

How important is a picture? How powerful can one photograph be? Take a look at some of my favorite pictures in history...

School segregation at Little Rock High School.

The first atomic bomb at Hiroshima, it killed approximately 80,000 people.

The personality of one of the smartest men to ever live-Albert Einstein.

The kiss to end World War II. This was taken in Times Square, but what isn't seen in this picture is that the soldier was walking through town kissing every girl he could, and this particular nurse slapped him after the famous kiss.

The most controversial photo of 9/11. The newspaper that ran it called it "a symbol of the 9/11 reactions." The picture only ran once in America because of the controversy and anger it sparked. 

Lunch while building the GE skyscraper in New York-1932.

The Great Depression. This picture changed opinions about migrants across America after Florence, the woman pictured, sold her tent (her last possession) to feed her seven children for the day.

A vulture watches a starving child in Sudan-1993. Haunted by the horrific images in Sudan, Kevin Carter, the photographer, committed suicide in 1994 after winning an award for this picture. 

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