Best Historic photographs

There have been countless iconic photographs taken throughout history.  Most  have captured the hearts and imaginations of people all over the world. However, a select few have managed to transcend time and remain etched in our minds.

Some include historic moments to stunning landscapes . These historic photographs  have become cultural touchstones and continue to inspire and awe us to this day. Not all the photos are of happy times but depict the times lived in. Unfortunately, suffering has been part of the human journey.

I wish every photo on this list would want to be printed and and hang on the wall. Unfortunately, historic photographs tells a thousand words and like life not always joyful .

If you are a photographer, maybe you can be the one who take the next iconic historic photo. The list below is in no particular order but considered the best of the best.

Earthrise (1968)

Taken by astronaut William Anders during the Apollo 8 mission in 1968. In a few more years we would land on the moon. Still this shows the earth rising above the above the moons horizon. The world saw how vast space is and how small we really are in this photo

Afghan Girl (1984)

This haunting portrait of a young Afghan refugee girl.  Taken by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry. Photo has became one of the most recognizable images in the world. This historic photograph’s intense gaze says it all . Piercing green eyes captures the hardships and struggles faced by refugees . As a result of this photo world became more engaged

Bliss (1996)

The iconic Windows XP wallpaper, known as “Bliss,” was taken by photographer Charles O’Rear in 1996. The tranquil image of rolling green hills and a bright blue sky. This photo has been  viewed by over a billion people and is often cited as one of the most viewed photographs of all time.


Tank Man (1989)

This powerful photograph, taken during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. This shows an unidentified man standing alone in front of a line of  blocking their path. As a resul,t image has become a symbol of peaceful resistance and the fight for democracy. This historic photo is troubling to say the least

Migrant Mother (1936)

This iconic photograph is done by Dorothea Lange. Photo captured the struggles of migrant farmworkers during the Great Depression. The photograph features a mother, Florence Owens Thompson, and her children. Photo has shown h be0come a symbol of resilience .

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima (1945)

Taken during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. This image shows six US Marines raising the American flag on top of Mount Suribachi. The photograph has become a symbol of American patriotism and the bravery and sacrifice of the military.

V-J Day in Times Square (1945)

This photograph, taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Photo captures a spontaneous kiss between a sailor and a nurse in Times Square.  As well, this was they day Japan surrendered in World War II.  The image has become a symbol of joy and celebration . It is often used to represent the end of war and the hope for peace.

The Falling Man (2001)

Taken by Associated Press photographer Richard Drew on September 11, 2001.  Photograph shows a man falling because of the collapse of the  World Trade Center during the terrorist attacks. The image has become a symbol of the tragedy and loss of that day. Image is horrific in nature, as man seems content as he is falling to his death.  The man was forced to jump because of the heat.

Le Baiser de l’Hôtel de Ville (1950)

This famous photograph by French photographer Robert Doisneau.  Photograph shows a young couple sharing a romantic kiss on a Parisian street. The image has become a symbol of youthful love and the romanticism of Paris.

The Tetons and the Snake River (1942)

Taken by American photographer Ansel Adams in 1942. Shows the  stunning landscape photograph features the Grand Teton mountain range and the Snake River in Wyoming. The image has become a symbol of the beauty and majesty of the American West.