Photographs that changed the world

Throwback from History | Julia Margaret Cameron

Julia Margaret Cameron was a British photographer who became known for her portraits of celebrities of the time. She took up photography at the relatively late age of 48, when she was given a camera as a present by her daughter and son in law. Cameron’s photographic career was short, spanning eleven years of her …

“Murder of a Vietcong by Saigon Police Chief” Eddie Adams, 1968

When a handcuffed prisoner was shot by an officer in the head, point-blank, the photographer who captured the incident on print film was awarded a Pulitzer. The year was 1968 when the photograph was shot. The year was 1969 when the award was won. The Vietnam War had been a thorn in the side of the United States of America, and was at its heights, having begin about 14 years ago, with what would be another six more, to go.

“Migrant Mother” Dorothea Lange, 1936 migrant-mother

Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother is a fabulous photograph that lends a face to the Great Depression. With each passing year, newer generations are growing further and further away from the events that shaped the course of world history – and this is both, disparaging and dismaying since there is a lesser degree of connect, that is only on a progressive decline. To this end, photographs such as Dorothea Lange’s collections play a valuable role.