Most Iconic Photographs

  • Kissing In Time’s Square

This picture taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt depicts a sailor grabbing and kissing a woman in the iconic New York landmark. It expresses the celebration felt by Americans on the announcement of the end of World War II. The two pictured in the photo did not actually know each other at the time. The man grabbed the woman out of sheer excitement at not having to be deployed.

  • Tank Man

The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 were a tragic massacre. The Chinese government of the time are estimated to have killed anywhere from 180 to 10,000 student protesters. This event has been heavily suppressed by the current regime in China. However, the rest of the world have seen the images that led up to the massacre. “Tank Man” depicts a Chinese citizen standing up to an armada of tanks. His fate after the photo was taken in unknown. He stands as a symbol of defiance on that dark day.

  • Iwo Jima Flag

The Battle of Iwo Jima was a bloody ordeal between the Americans and Japanese. Eventually the US troops broke through and won but at a terrible cost of human life. Joe Rosenthal took a picture of several troops raising the US flag after the victory. It is now believed to have been a staged picture. Regardless, it remains one of the most well known images in the history of the 20th century. Clint Eastwood’s biopic of the event is also worth watching.

  • Execution of Nguyễn Văn Lém

During the Vietnam War this ex soldier admitted guerrilla warfare tactics as part of the Viet Cong and was summarily executed by a general. The image of the gun pointing at his head just before the shot is made stands as one of the most well known pictures of all time.