Some photographs stand out in our memories, etched into place by an association with an event or person. This is one of the most magical parts of photography; the ability to capture a memory, in a moment.
There are some photographs captured in the 20th century that resonate for many of us, for a variety of reasons. Let’s take a look at the top 10.
One – The Hindenburg Disaster
All at once horrifically tragic and breathtaking, the explosions on board the Hindenburg, and the resulting crash to the earth, were captured in stunning black and white. A part of history, these photos show not just the depth of destruction, but also demonstrate humanity’s desire to constantly push the boundaries of possibilities.
Two – A Footprint on the Moon
The moon landing stands out as one of the most historically relevant leaps toward the future. The photo of astronaut Neil Armstrong’s footprint on the moon is demonstrative of our ability and desire to reach for the stars.
Three – Abbey Road Crosswalk
As an iconic photo in musical history, the photo of the Beatles crossing Abbey Road is one that stands out for many of us. It has even turned into something of a tradition for folks visiting that part of London to capture their own crossing of Abbey Road photos.
Four – Sailor Kissing Nurse, In Time Square
Another iconic moment captured on film, the imagery of an American sailor kissing a nurse in the middle of Times Square is a part of our history. More than just a charming and romantic image, it’s a display of the sentiment that was present on this day of victory.
Five – Marilyn Monroe – The Grate
There are hundreds of photographs of this beauty that have inspired many of us for decades. Not many stand out as much as the image of Marilyn wearing a white dress, over a city crate, holding the skirt down as it billows up around her. This is an iconic piece of our past, and is often seen used on any number of backdrops or other merchandise items.
Six – The Marlboro Man
Nothing is quite as ruggedly American as Leonard McCombe’s photograph of Clarence Hailey Long. This photo is truly the definition of the rugged and somewhat romantic spirit of the West. While later used as part of a marketing campaign, the original is a testament to the history of the US.
Seven – Princess Diana
With countless photos of this stunning woman, the one that truly stands out the most is the photo of Diana at the press conference announcing her engagement to the prince. All at once shy and excited, this delightful photo is a true expression of the gentle soul this inspirational woman truly was.
Eight – Firefighter with a Gentle Touch
In 2009 a large part of Australia was devastated by bushfires that were unrelenting in their damage. A photograph capture the heartwarming moment of a firefighter taking the time to offer sips of water to a koala fleeing the fires. This is a touching display of what it truly means to care for the natural world we are tasked with protecting.
Nine – Military Man Holding His Baby
None tear at the heartstrings quite as much as the image capture of a military man clutching his baby to his chest, while his raw emotions are displayed on his face. This photo has not only gone viral several times, but does serve to remind us all of the true sacrifices many make.
Ten –Nelson Mandela in his Rugby Jersey
In 1995, South Africa was still in the midst of some very tense political and cultural changes. New President Nelson Mandela found a solid way to unite his country, by doing his part to support the country’s rugby team in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Watching their leader don the jersey sporting the colors of their nation did truly serve to unify a country divided.
There are an incredible number of historically and emotionally significant photos that serve to fuel our imaginations while also inspiring us. Bring some of your favorites into your photography studio with Custom Photography Backdrops that are a true reflection of your passion and history.