Seven Unforgettable Photos From TIME's Most Influential Images of All Time
“In the process of putting this list together, we noticed that one aspect of influence has largely remained constant throughout photography’s nearly two centuries,” TIME's editors write. “The photographer has to be there. The best photography is a form of bearing witness, a way of bringing a single vision to the larger world.”
Take a look at some of the most influential photographs in history, and see more at TIME 100 Most Influential Photos.
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Carleton Watkins packed a huge plate camera and ventured into California's wilderness to capture this image of Cathedral Rock, in Yosemite.
“Nonviolence was Gandhi’s creed, and the spinning wheel was the perfect weapon.” Margaret Bourke-White
John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, on a summer weekend in Massachusetts.
“We were entering a new era, and people wanted to dance,” said Malian photographer Malick Sidibé. “Music freed us.”
Benson didn't want to meet the Beatles: “I took myself for a serious journalist and I didn’t want to cover a rock ’n’ roll story.” But after meeting them, and hearing their music? “I thought, ‘God, I’m on the right story.’”
Taken by astronaut Bill Anders, this was our first full-color photo of Earth from space. It helped launch the environmental movement.
One of the first images shared in almost real-time from North Korea, which David Guttenfelder posted on Instagram on Jan. 18, 2013.