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25 Best Photos of Vital Moments

Vanity Fair published 25 best photos that reflect the current developments since its publication.

Athlete Jesse Owens at the Olympics in 1936 in Berlin

The crowd witnesses lynching of Tom Shipa and Abe Smith in the state of Indiana, USA, 7 August 1930.

Portrait of Florence Thompson (1936) became a symbol of the Great Depression in the United States. In the photo she is 32 years. No other picture of that time did not make such an effect as “Mother migrants”.

In the late 1970’s her name became known, but it has not brought any glory or wealth. In an interview she said: “I regret that allowed her to take photographs. I have not received any cent for this they said they won’t sel the photos and promised t osend me prints – and they didn’t “.

The death of Republican, 5 September 1936, Spain.

The death of “Graf Zeppelin”, USA, 6 May 1937. Then the airship era ended.

U.S. marines set the banner of the United States in the Japanese island of Ivodzima 23 Feb., 1945.

A nuclear mushroom over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945.

American warplanes dropped Berliners produce a breakthrough blockade imposed by the Soviet military administration, in 1948.

The winning on the next presidential elections in the USA, on The Chicago Daily Tribune “Dewey defeats Truman” on 2 November 1948. Photography soon became known worldwide. When asked to comment on the incident Truman said: “This is for the books.”

The first day of Dorothy Counts in Harry Harding High School, North Carolina, USA, 4 September 1957. Dorothy was one of the first black students who is allowed to attend school. But the girl endured only 4 days due to harassment at school.

Thich Quang Duc, Buddhist priest in southern Vietnam, burned himself to protest against government policies directed against the priests. 11 June, 1963.

Martin Luther King, an American Baptist priest and fighter for civil rights in the 60’s of the twentieth century (killed in the 1968-year) 28 August 1963. On this day, 250 thousand whites and blacks gathered in Washington when the U.S. Congress debated legislation on civil rights. On the same day, black leaders meet with President John F. Kennedy. Later stages of Lincoln Memorial, King delivered a speech in which he expressed his faith in the brotherhood of man, it became widely known as “I have a dream”.

U.S. President John F. Kennedy ‘s farewell to his father, Washington, 25 Nov, 1963

1 Feb, 1968, Saigon, South Vietnam. Scandalous shot bypassed by the entire world.

Edwin Eugene Aldrin made the first steps on the moon (second man landed on the Moon after Neil Armstrong), in July 1969.

Roman Polanski, following the brutal murder of his pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, Manson Murders August 1, 1969.

4 May 1970. On that day, four students at the University of Kent were killed and nine wounded by Ohio National Guard, guarding the order in the territory campuses during the protests against the Vietnam War.

8 Jun., 1972 near the village of Bang Chang-northwest of Saigon, on the time of the battle with the forces of North Vietnam army. Villagers running away from bombs dropping from air crafts.

U.S. President Richard Nixon, 9 August 1974. On the day of Watergate scandal.

A young Chinese is facing tanks, defending democratic reforms. In June 1989, authorities of China have entered the Beijing Tienanmen Square and tanks brutally suppressed student demonstrations. According to different estimates, as a result of those events  from 400 to 2000 people have been killed.

Buzzard is waiting for the death of the weak child from hunger. Sudan, in March 1993.

11 Sept, 2001 from one of New York burning twin towers.

Unknown victim of American prison guards at the Baghdad prison of Abu Ghraib, Iraq, in 2003.

Garden District of New Orleans (USA) after Hurricane Katrina, September 4, 2005.

Women Collaboration France, 1944

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  1. The captions are completely unintelligible. This shows why internet translators from one language to another do not work. Have someone who speaks the language fix the captions. That completely ruins the experience!

  2. @Cannedam – settle down. For the most part the images speak for themselves. All of these are iconic images that don’t even need captions. When/if the captions aren’t clear you can figure out what they are trying to say and actually look into the story on your own. Plus I don’t see you offering to help with better captions.

  3. “Scandalous shot bypassed by the entire world.” thank god it was bypassed. whatever the hell that means

  4. I see no problems with the captions. Perhaps the problem lies with Cannedam? More reading lessons required, maybe…

  5. Learn how to write a proper sentence. Also: Neil Armstrong was the first person on the moon and it’s Kent State University, not University of Kent.

  6. These captions are terrible!

    U.S. President John F. Kennedy ’s farewell to his father, Washington, 25 Nov, 1963

    JFK was the one who died, it was his son waving farewell to his father.

    And it was the Japanese island of Iwo Jima not Ivodzima.

    This page just sucks. Thumbsdown!

  7. “The death of “Graf Zeppelin”, USA, 6 May 1937. Then the airship era ended.”

    That is the Hindenburg, not the Graf Zeppelin.

    “American warplanes dropped Berliners produce a breakthrough blockade imposed by the Soviet military administration, in 1948.”

    That is from the Berlin Airlift. They we not dropping anything, they were supplying a blockaded West Berlin with the necessary supplies to continue to survive.

    If you are going to post these iconic images from modern history at least get the facts right otherwise you do no justice to them and the stories, people, ideas and meaning behind them.

  8. 1 Feb, 1968, Saigon, South Vietnam. Scandalous shot bypassed by the entire world.

    This is a picture of the summary execution of a spy — a combatant in civilian clothing — as allowed for under the Geneva Conventions. The picture doesn’t speak for itself — they almost never do. Context is meaning.

  9. That is NOT the garden district. Likely that is a shot of a block on Napoleon Avenue. The Garden District did not flood or burn.

  10. Great pics.
    Why all discussion about captions? Is this page about pictures or captions? If you don’t like it, just try to ignore.

  11. RE: The photo with the note, ‘1 Feb, 1968, Saigon, South Vietnam. Scandalous shot bypassed by the entire world.’

    ‘blain’ has it right. In today’s parlance, the man being shot is a terrorist. The man performing the execution is a South Vietnamese Army officer. From what I understand he held the rank of Colonel at that time.

    The terrorist had killed several unarmed civilians earlier in the day. Some of them were close friends to the officer.

    What the world viewed as a street execution was in actually immediate and swift justice.

  12. Iv’e seen all of these photos throughout my entire life. I’ve lived through every event since the burning priest in Viet Nam. I was 10 and must have begun to pay attention to the news. These are not photo shopped. They are all famous images in their own rights because they capture a live slice of reality, a real moment in time. As far as the captions go, they suck. The general acceptance of them by many responders to this site is quite disturbing. The facts are frequently mis-stated and mis-leading. They are poor translations by a non-English speaker. Not providing the real facts, diminishes or changes the meaning of the photos. Has the English language and proper grammar lost all of it’s relevance? What’s the point of a half-assed website?

  13. The photographs are important images of recent history, but there are undoubtedly many people who do not know their context. As those who’ve complained about the captions have said, many of the captions are unintelligible or incorrect. The photograph of Richard Nixon, captioned “U.S. President Richard Nixon, 9 August 1974. On the day of Watergate scandal.” is another example. The “Watergate scandal” was not a one-day affair. On 9 August 1974, Nixon was leaving the White House after resigning the Presidency of the U.S., following two years of Watergate scandal

  14. These are not photoshopped. If you think that they are because you’ve never seen them before, you’re a moron and I feel sorry for you. Also, as far as the captions go a few typos here and there are acceptable, but these fail to be English. Have some pride; speak your language with some properly.
    And the incorrect information is completely unacceptable. There is no reason to be so blatantly wrong when the correct answer is easily found on the internet (from a reputable site, that is). This is the information age, people. Come on.

  15. I agree that the captions are pretty terrible. However, once I realized this it was not that difficult to ignore them and just focus on the amazing photos. They really bring up a lot of emotions.

    Also, to those of you getting all riled up about the people who commented PHOTOSHOP, are you kidding me??? No one actually thinks these were shopped! It is just a lame comment that some immature person always has to add to any site with pictures; or even ones without them. It is a joke!! A stupid one I know, but nonetheless. Seriously, have you never seen that on other sites? Getting mad about it just makes YOU look stupid for not getting the joke. It also shows that you are probably too old to be using the internet! Maybe you should have your grandkids help supervise you…

  16. ok, i have seen most of these pics before, but i can understand the annoyance at the few i haven’t seen and not being able to understand fully what they are about. i look at sights like this to learn more not to jus become more and more confused!!! also, i agree tht it is not acceptable to not have the correct info under some of these iconic pics as its doesn’t do any justice for the events happening. not gunna cry about it tho jus wanted 2 say my bit

  17. “D Mar 16th, 2009 at 5:54 pm,” your english isn’t much better.


  18. the imo jima shot was staged.
    as was the firemen shot at the trade center copying it.

    kent state protesters were demonstrating against the us invasion of cambodia, specifically, not ‘nam.

  19. 1) Folks, there are people who go around to websites like this to claim photos are ‘shopped just to bug people. Don’t feed them.

    2) The captions are terrible, but I’m guessing English isn’t the author’s first language; see the way the dates are written? Day month year? That’s most common in European countries, I believe. Unless you’re in the military.

  20. “U.S. President John F. Kennedy ’s farewell to his father, Washington, 25 Nov, 1963”

    Seriously? This just sounds ignorant.

    How about “John Kennedy Jr.’s farewell to his father, US President John F. Kennedy. Washington, 25 Nov, 1963.”

    The effect of these beautiful and tragic photos is hindered by your inability to translate properly.

  21. There is enough information in the captions, right or wrong, for people to go look them up… we ARE on the internet, after all. Besides, for people who do not know the context of any of these pictures is just silly… either you were born quite recently, or you just haven’t been paying attention.

  22. i don’t know if anyone caught it, but some of the captions are not correct. just thought i’d point this out since it probably slipped by everyone else.

    purple wagon canary cheese garbage can space fire in darkened cartfelds.

  23. It’s not University of Kent, it’s Kent State University.

    The Nixon photo was taken the day his resignation from the presidency took effect.

    The captions r a mess, but the photos r fab.

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