Friday, July 6, 2007

World Famous Photos - I ....

This post is entirely of reference materials ... My only contribution is compiling them ... They have been in my favourites link for a long time ... and I thought about organizing them ...

[1] "Earthrise" ... click here ...
Photographer: It was taken on the Apollo 8 mission ... by crewman William Anders ...
The shot was taken in December 1968.

"Oh my God, look at that picture over there! Here's the Earth coming up!" .. ... The Apollo 8 mission had put humans into lunar orbit for the very first time. Until then, no human eyes had seen the far side of the Moon. Virtually all of the photographs scheduled for the Apollo 8 mission were to do with capturing high resolution images of the lunar surface - both of the far side and of potential landing sites on the near side. The 'Earthrise' photograph was not on the mission schedule and was taken in a moment of pure serendipity.

These days protecting enviornment is a widely discussed issue ... But not in those days ... This image showed our entire world as a small and blue and very finite globe, and made people aware how fragile our earth is. It is often said to be one of the most influential environmental photograph ever taken.

[2] "The Tetons and the Snake River" ... click here ...
Photographer: Ansel Adams in 1942.

At the time when photography was not widely accepted an art form. Rather, photographers attempted to make their pictures more "artistic" (i.e., more like paintings) by subjecting their exposures to all sorts of extreme manipulations ... Then came Ansel Adams, who espoused that photography is "a blazing poetry of the real". Adams eschewed manipulations, claiming they were simply derivative of other art forms. Instead, he preached the value of "pure photography." In an era when handheld point-and-shoot cameras were quickly becoming the norm, Adams and other landscape photographers clung to their bulky, old-fashioned large-format cameras. Ultimately, Adams’ pictures turned photography into fine art. Also, he greatly contributed to how Americans view the wilderness ...

[3] V-J Day, "The Kiss" ... click here ...
Photographer: Alfred Eisenstaedt
Photo taken on August 14, 1945 ...

Not as romantic as it seems ... On August 14, 1945, when the news of Japan’s surrender was announced in the United States, signaling the end of World War II ... celebrations broke out on the streets ... A sailor was running around and grabbing any and every girl in sight, whether she was a grandmother, stout, thin, old .. it didnt make any difference. However it was this shot of him with an attractive nurse has become one the most famous symbols of that day!!!

This shot is not staged, as against the other famous kiss shot "Kiss by the Hotel de Ville" which was staged ...

[4] "Man versus Tank" ... ... click here ...
Photographer: Charlie Cole [a contract photographer for Newsweek magazine]
Photo taken on June 4, 1989 in Beijing, China.
Declared World Press Photo of the Year, 1989.

A demonstrator [widely known as "Unknown Rebel" ] confronts a line of People's Liberation Army [PLA] tanks during Tiananmen Square demonstrations for democratic reform. The man stood alone in the middle of the road as the tanks approached. He held a jacket in one hand and a grocery bag in another. As the tanks came to a stop, he appeared to be trying to wave them away ...

Trying to control his breath and steady his shots Cole thought "If this kid's going to give his life in protest I have a responsibility to nail the shot."

[5] "The Saigon Execution" ... ... click here ...
Photographer: Eddie Adams [ of the Assossiated Press] ...
Photo taken on Feb 1, 1968.
This shot won him Pulitzer Prize in 1969 ...

This photograph showing South Vietnamese National Police Chief Nguyễn Ngọc Loan executing a Viet Cong officer Viet Cong Captain Nguyen Van Lem ...in Saigon during the Tet Offensive. Adams' photograph remains the defining image ... When this photograph was shown on television and on the front pages of newspapers around the world, it created an immediate revulsion at a seemingly gratuitous act of savagery in the Vietnam War.

[6] "Napalm girl of Trangbang" ... click here ...
Photographer: Huynh Cong Ut [Also known as Nick Ut. ... of the Associated Press]
Photo taken on June 8, 1972.
This photograph that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973.

Kim Phuc Phan Thi, center, running down a road near Trang Bang, Vietnam, after a napalm bomb was dropped on the village of Trang Bang by a plane of the Vietnam Air Force. The village was suspected by US Army forces of being a Viet Cong stronghold. Kim Phuc survived by tearing off her burning clothes.

[7] "Vulture stalks the emaciated child" ... ... click here ...
Photographer: Kevin Carter ... freelance photographer ...
Photo taken in 1993.
He won Pulitzer prize for the photo in 1994.

The haunting photo of a vulture stalking an emaciated Sudanese girl who'd collapsed on her way to a feeding station. He said that he waited about 20 minutes, hoping that the vulture would spread its wings. It didn't. Carter snapped the haunting photograph and chased the vulture away. However, he also came under heavy criticism for just photographing — and not helping — the little girl. He won the Pulitzer prize , but soon after that he committed suicide at the age of 33.

[8] "The Power of One" ... click here ...
Photographer: Oded Balilty [of the Associated Press]...
This photo won the Pulitzer prize in 2007.

A lone Jewish woman defying Israeli security forces as they remove illegal settlers in the West Bank

[9] "How Life Begins" click here ...
Photographer: Lennart Nilsson in 1965 ...

One of the first pictures taken with the endoscope. It shows a fetus in a pregnant woman. The picture was considered many years the symbol of humanity.

[10] "Born Twice" ... click here ...
Photographer: Max Aguilera-Hellweg
Photo taken on May 21, 1999.

"Fetal hand grasp" ... Picture of unborn child holding doctor's hand during a fetal operation ... Read the story along the photo in the link ...

[11] "Burning Monk, Self-Immolation" ... click here ...
Photographer: Malcolm Browne
Photograph taken on June 11, 1963.
This photo was declared the "World Press photo of the Year" ...

Thích Quảng Đức, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, burning himself to death in Saigon in 1963. The monk was protesting President Ngô Đình Diệm's administration for oppressing the Buddhist religion ...


I should add three controversial photos here ... which I had mentioned earlier in the article ... [controversial] Documentary Photography -II ... click here ...
[1] Raising Flag on Iwo Jima
[2] Kiss by the Hotel de Ville
[3] Migrant Mother ...

For more world famous photos ... click here ...

22 comments:

Rohit Talwar said...

Thanks for sharing the links :) Having studied a bit of photography at the university a little, I have to say I was smiling a little every time I saw a link because I had a fair idea what was in store. I had never quite known about the earth rising one though... :)

Florian said...

Thanks for sharing these links.

Just for information, it was when I saw the Ansel Adams photographs I try to approach his art, all in modesty, for sure ! ;)

For example in this photo : http://www.actinique.com/?p=36

Jyoti said...

Thanks Rohit !!!
first to comment in my new Blog ...


Florian -
That photo of yours is AWESOME!!!!
Thanks for the link !!!

Photo Buffet said...

"Earthrise" has long been one of my favorite photos. I remember the first time I stumbled upon it. Amazing!

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