Most Famous Photographs

The Top Ten

1 Iwo Jima

The famous picture taken by Rosenthal actually captured the second flag-raising event of the day. A U. S. flag was first raised atop Suribachi soon after it was captured early in the morning (around 10:20) of February 23, 1945. 2nd Battalion Commander Chandler Johnson ordered Captain Dave E. Severance to send a platoon to go take the mountain. Severance, the commander of Easy Company (2nd Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division), ordered First Lieutenant Harold G. Schrier to lead the patrol. Just before Schrier was to head up the mountain Commander Chandler Johnson handed him a flag saying, "if you get to the top put it up. " Johnson's adjutant, second lieutenant Greeley Wells, had taken the 54 by 28 inches (140 by 71 cm) American flag from their transport ship, the USS Missoula (APA-211). The patrol reached the top without incident and the flag was raised, and photographed by Staff Sergeant Louis R. Lowery, a photographer with Leatherneck magazine. Others present at ...more

Rosenthal's photo of the raising of the Flag on Iwo Jima is a national treasure. There has never been a more profound statement of unity and soldiers doing their jobs and following orders.

2 Afghan Girl

At the Nasir Bagh refugee camp in 1984, Gula's photograph was taken by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry on Kodachrome color slide film. 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.

Although her name was not known, her picture, titled "Afghan Girl", appeared on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic. The image of her face, with a red scarf draped loosely over her head and with her piercing sea-green eyes staring directly into the camera, became a symbol both of the 1980s Afghan conflict and of the refugee situation worldwide. The image itself was named "the most recognized photograph" in the history of the magazine.

This really is a great photo. I have never in my life seen such percing eyes

3 Lunch On a Skyscraper

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 photograph Men Asleep on a Girder shows the same workers napping on the beam.

It is By far one of the best but its fake if I'm not wrong

4 Tank Man

Tank Man, or the Unknown Rebel, is the nickname of an anonymous man who achieved widespread international recognition as a heroic figure when he was videotaped and photographed during the protests at Beijing's Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989. Several photographs were taken of the man, who stood in front of a column of Chinese Type 59 tanks.

5 The Falling Man

The Falling Man" is a nickname given to a man who fell from the North Tower of the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks in New York City, and is also the title of a photograph, magazine story and documentary film about the incident. The photo was taken by Richard Drew at 9:41:15 a. m. on September 11, 2001. The story, written by Tom Junod, appeared in the September 2003 issue of Esquire magazine, and was later made into a film.

The subject of the image � whose identity remains unknown, although attempts have been made to identify him � was one of the people (dubbed "jumpers" by the press) trapped on the upper floors of the skyscraper that apparently chose to jump rather than die from the fire and smoke. This picture is somewhat deceptive; it gives the impression the man is falling straight down. In reality, this is just one of a dozen photographs of his fall. In the other photos, it is evident that he is tumbling through the air out of control.

6 Earth Rise

Earthrise is the name given to NASA image AS8-14-2383, taken by astronaut William Anders during the historic Apollo 8 mission, the first manned voyage to orbit the Moon.

Initially, before Anders found a suitable 70mm color film, mission commander Frank Borman took a black and white photo of the scene, with the Earth's terminator touching the horizon. The land mass position and cloud patterns in this image are the same as those of the color Earthrise photo.

7 The Burning Monk

JFK put it best... no news picture in history has generated so much emotion around the world as that one.

This famous picture of Th�ch Quảng Đức burning himself won malcom browne a Pulitzer Prize, a world press photo of the year, overseas press club award and more.

8 The Last Ever Photograph of Tupac

The famous photograph of Shakur taken just twenty minutes before the drive-by shooting.

9 The Tulip Staircase Ghost

This famous chilling photograph of a somewhat scary figure climbing tulip staircase. It has been one of the most famous ghost pictures of all time.

10 The Falling Soldier

The Falling Soldier is a historic photograph taken by Robert Capa, understood to have been taken on September 5, 1936 and depicting the death of Federico Borrell Garc�a, an anarchist Republican soldier during the Spanish Civil War. The full title of the photograph is Loyalist Militiaman at the Moment of Death, Cerro Muriano, September 5, 1936. There have long been allegations that the picture was staged.

The Contenders

11 The Blue Marble

This is the famous photo of Earth that you see every time you think of the earth, with the continent Africa showing

12 Bliss (Windows XP Desktop)

This Famous photograph was taken by the professional photographer Charles O'Rear, a resident of St. Helena, Napa County, for digital-design company HighTurn. O'Rear has also taken photographs for Bill Gates' private Seattle stock photography company Corbis and Napa Valley photographs for the May 1979 National Geographic Magazine article Napa, Valley of the Vine. Although O'Rear's focus was on photographing winemaking in the Napa Valley, the hill in Bliss didn't have grapevines when the photograph was taken in 1996. The photograph was taken aside the highway 12/121, and by a hand held view camera. The approximate location is 3028 Fremont Dr. (Sonoma Hwy. ), Sonoma, CA.

13 Abbey Road Cover
14 Kennedy's Funeral Photo
15 Sudhir Shivaram
16 M87 Black Hole

On April 10, 2019, a team of scientists have spent a decade focusing telescopes all over Earth toward the M87 black hole, creating what's called the Event Horizon Telescope, which is the biggest telescope ever.

It took more than 10 years to focus all the world's telescopes toward it and 2 years to collect the data into a close up image of a black hole, making it the first time a photo of one up close has ever been taken.

What was impossible to get a photo of has finally become possible.
Black holes were once elusive, but now we got photographic evidence of one up close once and for all.

This should be number one now, over all the other photos, as there's no photo as remarkable as this.
They nailed it.

17 Mona Lisa The Mona Lisa is a half-length portrait painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci that has been described as "the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world".
18 V-J Day in Times Square

Always been my favorite. It depicts just maybe the happiest time America's ever had.

19 Moonrise, Hernandez
20 The Dark Side Of The Moon Cover
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