Monday, 17 September 2012

FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPHS

Hi Dear,
How was your day?
Been listening to Some nights by fun. Nice song!!!

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I share the sentiments of Laura McCartney "If you see something that moves you and then you snap it, you keep a moment". I really love photography. I think sometimes, it tells more stories, in more beautiful ways than any other form of art. It does that sometimes. It's a language that is easily understood by everyone.

I stumbled upon this site which features the world most famous pictures. These pictures changed the world. They spoke to my heart and hope they stir something in you too.
Here are my favourites. I still think about them :
Sudan Famine UN food camp [1994]
The photo is the “Pulitzer Prize” winning photo taken in 1994 during the Sudan Famine.
The picture depicts stricken child crawling towards an United Nations food camp, located a kilometer away. The vulture is waiting for the child to die so that it can eat him. This picture shocked the whole world. No one knows what happened to the child, including the photographer Kevin Carter who left the place as soon as the photograph was taken. Three months later he committed suicide due to depression. Photographer: Kevin Carter; Source: Wikipedia.org

    Afghan Girl [1984]
    And of course the afghan girl, picture shot by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry. Sharbat Gula was one of the students in an informal school within the refugee camp; McCurry, rarely given the opportunity to photograph Afghan women, seized the opportunity and captured her image. She was approximately 12 years old at the time. She made it on the cover of National Geographic next year, and her identity was discovered in 1992. Source: nationalgeographic.com
  • Palestinian martyr [2000]
    Today we break a little from the site’s pattern showing you not a photo but an image captured from a film showing the Palestinian father, Jamil ad-Durra, trying to protect his son from israeli gunfire moments before the boy was shot dead, the father wounded and a Palestinian ambulance driver who came to rescue them, also killed. Reporters watched helplessly as the boy and his father became trapped against a wall with nothing but a small concrete block for cover as bullets rained around them on a road near the Jewish settlement of Netzarim in the Gaza Strip. Mohammed crouched weeping behind his father, who tried in vain to shield him with his arms and body. At one point, the father raised his head and wagged his finger, as if to scold. Some time later, both were shot and Mohammed slumped into his father’s lap.
    Mohammed died, while his father survived badly wounded. An ambulance driver, who braved the fierce shooting to try to rescue them, also killed. Image source: BBC
  • Lunch atop a Skyscraper [1932]
    Lunch atop a Skyscraper (New York Construction Workers Lunching on a Crossbeam) is a famous photograph taken by Charles C. Ebbets during construction of the GE Building at Rockefeller Center in 1932.The photograph depicts 11 men eating lunch, seated on a girder with their feet dangling hundreds of feet above the New York City streets. Ebbets took the photo on September 29, 1932, and it appeared in the New York Herald Tribune in its Sunday photo supplement on October 2. Taken on the 69th floor of the GE Building during the last several months of construction, the photo Resting on a Girder shows the same workers napping on the beam. Source: allposters.com;  Photographer:Charles C. Ebbets

      Omayra Sánchez [1985]

      Omayra Sánchez was one of the 25,000 victims of the Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia) volcano which erupted on November 14, 1985. The 13-year old had been trapped in water and concrete for 3 days. The picture was taken shortly before she died and it caused controversy due to the photographer’s work and the Colombian government’s inaction in the midst of the tragedy, when it was published worldwide after the young girl’s death. Source: Wikipedia.org; Photographer:  Frank Fournier
      Hooded Iraqi prisoner comforting a child [2003]
      Award winning photo showing a iraqi man comforts his son at a holding center for prisoners of war in An Najaf, Iraq, 31 March 2003. AP photographer Jean-Marc Bouju has won the 2003 World Press Photo of the Year competition. Jean-Marc won also the 1995 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography and the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in Spot News Photography.
      With barbed-wire in the foreground, the picture shows a father who has been detained by the Army’s 101st Airborne division. The man wears a bag over his head, and he clutches his son in his lap. Source: pdnonline.com; photographer: Jean-Marc Bouju
    • These pictures lives forever even though some are old. We still have wars, famines, earthquakes, deaths and many other problems that plague mankind. Some of  us are fortunate not to suffer from any of them. Some are not so lucky as can be seen in the pictures above. The point I'm trying to make is this: Let the pictures speak to you and cause you to effect good changes in the world anyway you can. You can visit  http://www.worldsfamousphotos.com/ for more pictures... Get your camera and click away...Every moment counts... 

    • Thanks a lot for reading...Hugs...Have a great week :)