- Most popular images. 5 seized forever representing a story.
- May 8, 2020
by Virtosu Art GalleryMay 8, 2020
Most popular images. 5 seized forever representing a story.
Some photographs contain a kind of truth and veracity, which is so subtle that it feels closer to us than reality. It is an art of observation and exploring something meaningful in an ordinary place. Millions of photographs are taken every day, which is why we collected a few but unique images, each represents a story, captured in the right moment, and seized forever.
The Falling Man
This picture was taken by Richard Drew on September 11th, 2001, during the moments of the 9/11 attack. The Falling Man shows an escape of a man from the collapsing buildings from which he was forced out due to the fire.
It seems like he is flying, rather than falling, in his last moments, embracing reality as compared to other victims who were confused and horrified. But we can only imagine what was going on in his mind. He seems frozen in this picture, but in reality, he kept falling until he disappeared into the tragedy. Why is it among the most popular picture? You may ask.
Well, it is among the only widely seen pictures in which someone is dying and living his last moments in the world. So, yes, it is one of the most famous images in the world.
This photo was published in The New York Times on the following day of the attack, and six years later, it appeared on the first page of The New York Times Book Review.
Next on the list of the most popular images today is the picture named Afghan Girl. The girl’s actual name was Sharbat Gula. Steve McCurry, a National Geographic Society’s Photographer, took this photo in the year of 1984 at the Bagh Refugee Camp, where Sharbat Gula was living during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
The angst in her emerald eyes represents the suffering of children in war-torn countries, and its drastic effects on people, which makes it one of the most famous images in the world.
In 1985, her photograph appeared on the cover of National Geographic. It became one of the most recognized pictures in the history of the magazine. It was not until 2002 when she was located by McCurry in Afghanistan, who was shocked to see her wrinkled face, which signified her hardships and struggle over the years. He then founded the Afghan Girl’s Fund (later changed to Afghan Children’s Fund) to work with non-profit organizations to help young girls in Afghanistan. Pretty impressive, no?
Last year, this image from a video of a 5-year-old Syrian boy, identified as Omran Danqeesh, gained the world’s attention. His face is masked with blood and dust as he sits alone, shocked and bewildered. He was pulled out from his collapsed home after an airstrike in Aleppo, Syria.
This heartbreaking image symbolizes the plight of civilians in Syria and their cry for help. It caused international outrage and was widely published in newspapers, magazines and featured on social media. Similar images of injured or dead children have been viral, and many of them indescribably more distressing.
The Struggling Girl
The Vulture and The Little Girl is one of the most famous images today. Initially thought to be a girl, this photograph of a collapsed famine-stricken boy in Sudan was taken by a renowned photographer Kevin Carter in 1993.
A vulture waits nearby, keeping its eyes on the child. It caused several controversies as people wondered what happened to the child and why the photographer was not helping him. Although it is said that the boy died 14 years later, this emotional and fear loaded question is still haunting many people.
The photograph was published in The New York Times as a representation of the heartbreaking situation in Sudan and, finally, used in posters for fundraising and campaigns to help the victims in Sudan.
V-J Day in Times Square
One of the most famous images in the world today is the V-J Day in Times Square. It was taken on August 14th, 1945, in midtown Manhattan by Alfred Eisenstaedt. It shows a U.S Navy Sailor kissing a dental assistant on victory over Japan Day.
The embracing couple became a symbol of romance in the 20th century. Among many other photographs of celebrations, this picture was published in magazines throughout the country. But that’s not the whole story.
Some argue that the couple did not know each other, and it is a case of sexual assault. The female in the photo, identified as Greta Zimmer Friedman, later confirmed that the kiss was not consensual. The act, combined with amused expressions of the bystanders, is considered as a representation of the misogynistic period.
Each picture represents an era and its realities. They contain topics that are influenced by events around the globe, and the longer we look at them, the more we start to interpret it in different ways.