The World’s Most Influential Photographs

We have all seen photographs which have caused us to stop short and stare in wonderment and that’s why photography is considered one of the most powerful art mediums. These photographs have all had an impact on the world in one way or another.

1957: Milk Drop Coronet by Harold Edgerton

In 1950, while working at his lab at MIT, Harold Edgerton started experimenting with a process that would change the future of photography forever.

Through combining high-tech strobe lights with camera shutter monitors, the professor of electrical engineering was able to capture the moment of impact of a drop of milk on a table – a moment otherwise imperceptible to the human eye.

1965: Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston by Neil Leifer

Great photography can be attributed as much to skill as being in the right place at the right time and this fact certainly played a role when Sports Illustrated photograph Neil Leifer captured one of the greatest moments in the history of sport.

One minute and 44 seconds into the 1st round of the matchup between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston on 25th May 1965 in Lewiston, Maine, Ali’s fist connected with Liston’s chin and he went down.

1979: Molotov Man by Susan Meiselas

Hoping to make sense of the conflict between the long-standing Somoza dictatorship and the socialist Sandinistas fighting to overthrow it, Susan Meiselas travelled to Nicaragua in the late 1970s.

Roaming the country for 6 weeks far from the lands of sports betting NZ, Meisalas befriended the revolutionaries and managed to capture Pablo de Jesus “Bareta” Araúz throwing a Molotov cocktail at one of the last remaining National Guard fortresses.

1992: Bosnia by Ron Haviv                                                                                                                                  

The war in Bosnia had not yet begun when Ron Haviv captured the image of a Serb kicking a Muslim woman who had been shot by Serbian forces.

Haviv had gained access to the brutal nationalist militia known as the Arkan Tigers, but had been warned not to photograph any killings. In this moment, he decided to risk it all and was added to the hit list by Tigers’ leader Zeljko Raznatovic as a result.

2007: Gorilla in the Congo by Brent Stirton

In 2007, a violent conflicted erupted in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo which left several mountain gorillas dead.

The moment captured by Brent Stirton shows Senkwekwe the silverback mountain gorilla strapped to a makeshift stretcher and it took more than a dozen men to lift the 500 pound Senkwekwe.

2015: Alan Kurdi by Nilüfer Demir

In 2015, in order to escape the war in Syria, Alan Kurdi’s parents lifted the 3-year-old boy and his 5-year-old brother onto an inflatable boat and left the coast of Turkey in hopes of reaching the Greek Island of Kos just 3 miles away.

Within minutes the small vessel was capsized by a wave and both sons and their mother drowned. A few hours later, Nilüfer Demir of the Dogan News Agency happened upon Alan Kurdi’s small body which had washed ashore and captured an image which sent shock waves around the world.