We all have seen the posts titled “100 Best Photos of All Time” on Buzzfeed, Bored Panda, Time etc. Of course it’s all a matter of opinion (although I’ll put a little more stock in Time and the New York Times than Cracked). I’m pretty sure everyone has their own favorite photos and reasons for picking them.
So here’s my top 10, in no particular order. They were chosen not necessarily only for things like composition, lighting, and color, but also for the impact I think they have had.
I would like to know what you think of these pictures so I won’t write anything now about why I chose them, just a brief description of what they are. I would like to hear from you first, and after I finish part 2, I will write another blog explaining my choices. So, feel free to leave me a comment below with your thoughts and picks for your favorite photos.
1. ULTRA DEEP FIELD – NASA – 2014
The first color photo taken of deep space. Astronomers were looking for a way to take a photo of the universe beyond our galaxy and pointed the Hubble Space Telescope at a dark area near the Big Dipper about 2 degrees across. After processing the data and looking at the photo, they found that it was indeed not dark. Every bit of light you see here is not a star, but an entire galaxy. Some are so far away that we are literally looking at a time close to the creation of the Universe.
2. WINSTON CHURCHILL – YOUSUF KARSH – 1941
This picture was taken at the beginning of World War II. The story is that Winston Churchill was smoking a cigar and Yousuf Karsh didn’t like it in the photo, so he went up to Churchill and snatcked it out of his hand.
3. SELF PORTRAIT – ROBERT CORNELIUS – 1839
This is one of the first known portraits known to be in existence. It is a self-portrait of the photographer using the daguerreotype process, which uses metal plates and fumes that make it light sensitive. This technique required minutes to hours of exposure, even for portraits. It was one of the first ways to make a photograph and has since been perfected and is having a major revival today.
4. MEASLES IN THE CONGO – LYNSEY ADDARIO – 2006
Lynsey Addario has spent years documenting conflict and social problems in Africa and Asia. In her words –
RUTSHURU, DRC. Dr. Rose Ange, right, watches Amuri Cheusi, 2 years old, die from lack of oxygen caused by measles minutes after they disconnected him from a respirator in a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in Rutscuru, in the North Kivu region of The Democratic Republic of Congo, June 16, 2006. Amuri was sick at home for months before coming to the hospital for treatment, but his family had no means of reaching the hospital, and had no money to pay for treatment.
5. HAROLD WHITTLES HEARING SOUND FOR THE FIRST TIME – JACK BRADLEY – 1974
Harold Whittles was born deaf. This photo was taken the first moment he was able to hear with the help of a hearing aid.
So that’s it for part 1. Stay tuned for part 2 and again, leave me a message telling me what you think.