Friday, August 8, 2008

Some powerful photos of this world


Dear Readers,

Thanks for your numerous feedbacks. Several of you suggested that the pictures in this post need citations. Some of you also wanted to be able to get further information on these pictures.

So, we've updated the footnotes and collected several links and added them next to the pictures.

Hope these updates do justice to the post!


WARNING: Some of these pictures are intense and may not be suitable for all.

1957. The first day of Dorothy Counts at the Harry Harding High School in the United States. Counts was one of the first black students admitted in the school, and she was no longer able to stand the harassment after 4 days.

World Press Photo of the Year

January 12, 1960. A second before the Japanese Socialist Party leader Asanuma was killed by an opponent student.

The assassination of Inejiro Asanuma
Assassination Footage on YouTube

[Edited - Sorry, the picture was too extreme to be posted here]
1963. Thich Quang Duc, the Buddhist priest in Southern Vietnam burns himself protesting the government's torture policy against priests. Thich Quang Dug never made a sound or moved while he was burning.

Thich Quang Duc

1962. A soldier shot by a sniper hangs onto a priest in his last moments.

Dying Soldier Hangs to Priest

1965. A mom and her children try to cross the river in South Vietnam in an attempt to run away from the American bombs.

1966. U.S. troops in South Vietnam dragging a dead Vietkong soldier.

[Edited - Sorry, the picture was too extreme to be posted here]
February 1, 1968. South Vietnam police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan shoots a young man, whom he suspects to be a Viet Kong soldier.

General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing Nguyen Van Lém, a Viet Cong officer.

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The photo shows a young girl at about age nine running naked on the street after being severely burned on her back by a South Vietnamese napalm attack. On June 8, 1972, South Vietnamese planes, in coordination with the American military, dropped a napalm bomb on Trang Bang, which was under attack from and occupied by North Vietnamese forces.

8 June 1972: Kim Phúc, center left, running down a road near Trang Bang after a VNAF napalm attack.

1973. A few seconds before Chile 's elected president Salvador Allende is dead during the coup.

Reference:Salvador Allende

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1975. A woman and a girl falling down after the fire escape collapses.

1980. A kid in Uganda about to die of hunger, and a missionary.

February 23, 1981. Colonel Tejero military police seizes the Parliament building in Spain. The photographer did not expect the scene, and hid the films in his shoe.

Attempted coup d’état in Spain by Colonel Tejero
Tejero Coup Attempt

[Edited - Sorry, the picture was too extreme to be posted here]
1982. Palestinian refugees murdered in Beirut, Lebanon.

1987. A mother in South Korea apologizes and asks for forgiveness for his son who was arrested after attending a protest. He was protesting the alleged manipulations in the general elections.

[Edited - Sorry, the picture was too extreme to be posted here]
1989. A young man in China stands before the tanks during protests for democratic reforms.

"Tank Man" stops the advance of a column of tanks on June 5, 1989 in Beijing.

[Edited - Sorry, the picture was too extreme to be posted here]
1992. A mother in Somalia holds the body of her child who died of hunger.

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1994. A man who was tortured by the soldiers since he was suspected to have spoken with the Tutsi rebels.

[Edited - Sorry, the picture was too extreme to be posted here]
1996. Kids who are shocked by the civil war in Angola.

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2001. An Afghani refugee kid's body is being prepared for the funeral in Pakistan.

2002. Soldiers and villagers in Iran are digging graves for the victims of the earthquake. A kid holds his father's pants before he is buried.

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2003. An Iraqi prisoner of war tries to calm down his child.


Anonymous said...

I was sceptical at first when the word 'powerful' was used in the title, But after actually viewing them, That is certainly an understatement!

herzco said...

These indeed are powerful images, though it would be even better if the comments underneath had been checked for spelling and grammatical errors - It is shocking.

Stuff and Things said...

truly moving images, though many are captioned incorrectly or incompletely.

The student standing before the tanks is known as the "Unknown Rebel," and the picture was taken in Tienanmen Square (Beijing, China) He was trying to stop the PLA's tanks from advancing on the city.

The naked girl running through the streets is Phan Thị Kim Phúc. She was severely burned by a US-coordinated napalm attack near Trang Bang.

Pieter said...

These were the images I grew up with. Never at any time did I get used to them or think of them as just part of life, which of course they were. I instinctively believed they should not be part of any life. Looking back I now know that all died in vain and there was no justice attached to any of them. Although they are powerful scenes we as a species go on unaffected as if not a lesson was seen in these or other images like them.
We continue to kill on behalf of rulers who send people to their death on the pretext of who knows what. Later we'll learn it was all for nothing more than a few cowardly lies.

I truly hope that one day we actually decide we do not want violent leaders to run things anymore and solve things with reason and respect. Too many have suffered for nothing for too long.


Unknown said...

'we can't change history but we can shape the future' is what I would want to and like to say here.

Maria said...

Impressive collection, very moving. Just to set the record straight, the man who seized Parliament in Madrid , Spain was Colonel Tejero.

Anonymous said...

This does not match up with the "most trusted source of news" CNN and I'm not surprised. This is a fifty year stretch of a word I can't even conjure up to describe inhumanity. It's sad to know that maybe ten people will read this, or agree with it. These photos which should be used as an incentive for equality are tucked away on a little page for people to mourn over but take no action.

roy said...


Jason said...

It is hard to see these moments. It is even harder when I realized that (speaking towards the majority of the images)the people initiating the processes creating these situations were allowed to do so. Wars fought for god, nationalistic pride and money- and where does it get us? These photos kill me- and inspire me. What is going on that one child on this planet should have to endure this? This list could take up 20 pages or more I'm sure, but as long as I don't have to go through anything like this- as long as my children are safe and not being NAPALMED, how does it effect me? How does it effect me?

Unknown said...

Very powerful images indeed. Rarely does a title fit so well.

brandon...are you serious?

Some of those photos are among the most popular in the world. At least 5 of them are easily among the most recognizable anywhere. They're hardly tucked on a little page.

dina4u said...

you are worried about spelling,
well spell this....
get a fu--ing grip.
I don't think that the people who have suffered greatly give a damn about how it was spelled.
Just as long as we have all learned from the great many tragedies & injustices that have taken place.
Man some people just don't get it,
or have an ounce of compassion.
That means you!!!!!!
So chill & see the big picture,
not just YOUR very small world.

Mike said...


Angular said...

The photo of the priest with the dying soldier is from a failed coup that took place in the harbor city of Puerto Cabello, Venezuela. The coup was know as "El Porteñazo" and that photo is one of the icons of the bloody Venezuelan history.

Anonymous said...

I cried for five minutes over these photos, and it immediately made me feel blessed for what I have, and it made me want to do more for my country and other countries to protect them from such injustices. I only hope more people can do the same.

Anonymous said...

Yea, war sucks but will never go away. Cry about it

Anonymous said...

the Uganda hand one was the most touching

Anonymous said...

the last one is also pretty sad

Unknown said...

this is the kinda crap that makes me want to see the people on the internet shot, you dumb asses think everyone needs to see the horror in the world, i bet there are people that may need to, but they'll just start laughing. you are a bunch of fucking retards and should have to suffer these atrocities to even understand the suffering that these people went through. seriously, do people need to be reminded of the fucked up things that are going on, or can they be blissful in there ignorance, do you want you kids exposed so early? Probably not

RS said...

I agree with Herzco; the grammatical errors and historical inaccuracies of the captions should be addressed. This doesn't mean that I am "THE CAUSE OF ALL THAT IS BAD IN THE WORLD." I believe that an informed understanding of the past is important to avoid similar problems in the future. Incorrect identification of events, people, and information is not good for anyone, especially those of us who wish to research more about the events. Knowledge is power.

And Rob, the message I get from your comment is that such images should not be available to the public. Please. If you don't want your children to see this (if you want to shelter them from reality), be a good parent and pay attention to their activities on the internet.

Chavelli said...

I think we need to be reminded and reminded until there is change! We can't bury our heads in the sand and be blissful in our ignorance, it is ignorance that is at the root of this.

Mrs SN said...


We need to see more images like these. We need to be reminded every single day that all around the world, while you are living your comfortable life, there are people who are truly suffering. I am not a "fucking retard". I happen to live in a country neighbouring Zimbabwe - a country currently going through the worst humanitarian crisis we've seen here for generations. You can't sit there and ignore it or not look at it because it may offend your delicate sensibililties! There are people dying unnecessarily and if we sit back and do nothing, we are as guilty of killing them as those holding the guns or dropping the bombs or wielding the machetes.

Anonymous said...

Powerful, isolating, humbling, and makes me ashamed to be human knowing other humans treat one another in this way. What is wrong with the world? These phots brought a tear to my eye, and a knot in my stomach. I want to do something to change this.

Unknown said...

it’s almost ghastly the comparison of our economic woes when coupled with other countries inability to sustain any semblance of normalcy.

We indeed do have it easy no matter what Wall St. does.

Jesus man.

Anonymous said...

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John Philip Mendoza, Architect said...


People must never forget. Things like that happen, because some people, like you, ROB, FAKES REALITY. You allow IT.

ලස් said...

life remains in a short period. In that period try to be honest and helpful person.
don't try to own the world by valiant.

Donna said...

I have seen many of these photos again and again throughout my lifetimes and they never fail to move me. The monk on fire. The poor mother crossing a river with her children. The terrified little girl running down the road screaming in pain.

War, hate, brutality - all these things lead to suffering, but do we do anything to stop it? No. We simply elect some new elitists to office and the wars, hate and brutality continue.

Unknown said...

I have to agree with some comments here. These are hardly "hidden away" photos. They may have been largely forgotten, in some cases, but the Vietnam ones in particular were on every US news outlet for weeks, if not months, after they happened, and I remember seeing them when I was maybe 6 years old.
Unfortunately, these images of horror have to be recaptured in one form or another every few years for people to remember them. Perhaps I should say "recreated" rather than recaptured, since similar horrors happen with regularity. And no one seems to learn from them...

Unknown said...

Everyone should see these images. They remind us that Man is the biggest threat to Humanity. I'm surprised we made it this far.

Hotep Kenyatta (on FB) said...

My heart bleeds, For what I saw and read, Was it the violence, Or am I already dead? Hotep Yan Kenyatta

Hotep Kenyatta (on FB) said...

While peace should be the goal, How do we attain it when so many are still cold? Until we eradicate the deceit in the hearts of humanity, Truth and justice shall be but dreams of the remaining few. Hotep Yan Kenyatta.