Five Of History’s Most Iconic Photographs

October 13, 2011

Iconic Photographs: Tiananmen Square ‘Tank Man’, 1989

History's Most Iconic Photographs Tank Man Photograph

Despite being an event that China would like the world to forget, this image of the anonymous ‘Tank Man’ who stood in front of advancing tanks the day after the Tiananmen Square Massacre spoke volumes around the world about the struggle for democracy in China.

Though the ‘Tank Man’ was eventually dragged away, the photograph became synonymous with political activism and resistance in the modern world. Similarly risking their lives, various photographers and videographers shot the scene and managed to have it published in numerous outlets.

History’s Most Iconic Photographs: Man Walks on the Moon, Neil Armstrong, 1969

Man Walks On The Moon Picture

Taken by Neil Armstrong, this iconic photograph captures Buzz Aldrin as he walks along the moons surface in 1969

Battle Iwo Jima Flag Raising, Joe Rosenthal, 1945

Iconic Photographs Iwa Jima Flag Raising

The flag raising at Iwo Jima was the defining image of the Pacific theater of World War 2 and one of history’s most iconic photographs. The American Marines and a Navy corpsman were snapped atop Mount Suribachi, hoisting their flag after wresting Iwo Jima from the Japanese.

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