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Feb 06, 2007 21:22 |  #1

What do you think is the most famous/iconic/whatever photograph ever published?

A couple of war photos stand out, but I think Steve McCurry's (external link)"Afghan Girl" is the one photo that really 'sticks' to anybody who has seen it. Even people who do not take the time to consider a great photograph when they see it will stop and stare at that portrait.

What are some others that ring a bell with you?


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Feb 06, 2007 21:59 |  #2

I don't know who took the picture, but it was after the bombings in Oklahoma. A firefighter holding a little boy and crying. Next to the Afghan Girl portrait, I think it was one of those pictures you don't forget.


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Feb 06, 2007 22:02 |  #3
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The Iwo Jima pic of the Marines raising the flag comes to mind as does the image of the sailor kissing the girl in Times Square during WWII.



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Feb 06, 2007 22:23 as a reply to  @ liza's post |  #4

Compared to the images previously mentioned, my nomination is way down the scale of World importance.

However, since the question asked which image springs to mind.....
It is a man standing in the doorway of a lighthouse surrounded by crashing waves and drinking coffee as if he'd never been in a more peaceful place.


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Feb 06, 2007 22:30 |  #5

I agree with Lisa (ie. Marines raising the American flag on Iwo Jima during WWII) perhaps because it is a 'classic' and universally recognisable. Although Steve McCurry's "Afghan Girl" would have to be one of the most striking portrait shots ever taken !


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Feb 06, 2007 22:38 |  #6

The one that does it for me is the earth rise photo that the Apollo 8 astronauts took. I was just a kid at the time but it really resonated with me. It is partly responsible for me entering into the engineering field. You can view the photo "here (external link)"


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Feb 06, 2007 22:51 |  #7

Alfred Eisenstaedt's "VJ Day Kiss" (the sailor and the nurse in Time's Square) comes to mind. http://www.life.com/Li​fe/special/kiss01.html (external link)

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Feb 06, 2007 23:03 |  #8

Firefighters raising the flag in the rubble of The World Trade Center
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Feb 07, 2007 00:10 |  #9

For portraits I'd have to say either Churchill or Pablo Cassals by Yousef Karsh. For best symbolic photo I say raising the flag at Iwo Jima even though it's the second flag since the original was deemed to be too small.

Although not necessarily an award winning photo, the image of the first footprint on the moon caps off one of the greatest achievements in history.

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Feb 07, 2007 00:57 |  #10

I cast my vote with Liza and Mark (Iwo Jima and Times Sq. kiss), although I'd argue that almost any Ansel Adams image of Yosemite falls into the category of iconic, no? :)


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Feb 07, 2007 01:02 |  #11

gjl711 wrote in post #2667772 (external link)
The one that does it for me is the earth rise photo that the Apollo 8 astronauts took. I was just a kid at the time but it really resonated with me. It is partly responsible for me entering into the engineering field. You can view the photo "here (external link)"


I think you're on the right track. How 'bout going back about 65 or so years earlier than that. Say Kitty Hawk, the Wright brothers. Using the very basic of cameras, and showing just at the right time, history being made. Just MHO, thanks.


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Feb 07, 2007 01:13 as a reply to  @ T.Hogan's post |  #12

So many came out of the Vietnam era. The Vietnames Colonel shooting the prisoner in the head, the little girl running from the napalm attack with her clothes burned off, people clamoring to get on the last flights out of Saigon.

So many.

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Feb 07, 2007 02:21 |  #13

it's hard to try and figure out what would be the most iconic photo ever taken.

but for me it's that Apollo 8 photo of the earth rise.

in one single photograph we get to see our home. The home of very one that has ever lived and that are alive today.


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Feb 07, 2007 02:23 |  #14

belmondo wrote in post #2668302 (external link)
So many came out of the Vietnam era. The Vietnames Colonel shooting the prisoner in the head, the little girl running from the napalm attack with her clothes burned off, people clamoring to get on the last flights out of Saigon.

Agreed ... and I'd add Charlie Cole's Newsweek shot, Beijing 1989, of the demonstrator in front of army tanks during the Tiananmen Square demonstrations. Not very sharp tho ;-)a

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Feb 07, 2007 03:01 |  #15

Yeah, the VietNam shots were extremely emotive, both of the ones mentioned.

however, when I saw the thread title, I couldn't help thinking of that 70's poster of the tennis gal scratching her arse... That for me is an iconic photo in a time when I was a giggling schoolboy...


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