Photos have a way of capturing the essence of historical moments that can never be put into words. Some are more special than others as they represent a significant time or situation. They have endured the passage of years and remain in the mind of people as an immediate reference point for a piece of history that may be monumental or a poignant depiction of a particular incident.
Here are 10 historical photos that made headlines at that time:
1. Torn apart
Nothing can be more heartbreaking than the picture of a family sending the man off to war. The bewildered look on the child’s face as his father marches off to battle, the mother consoling and restraining the child, and the father looking back perhaps for the last time at his family. Nothing depicts the madness of war more than this picture.
2. An attempt at humiliation
At the peak of the Civil Rights Movement, this picture taken in 1963 depicts the humiliation of three protestors. It is a sobering moment for those who forget how the simple things in life, like the right to a seat in a bus, have to be fought over. The picture here is interesting because it shows a white man and a woman sitting at a civil rights movement, being humiliated. It is a reassuring sight and a reminder that many whites participated in the Movement.
3. The great divide
A teary reunion which is unlike any other. The picture depicts two friends reconciled in the most unusual of places and the situations-a scene of confrontation between riot police and protestors. The weeping man was exhorting the cop to attack him.
4. A disturbing picture
A mother at five! A childhood nipped in the bud and psyche, forever scarred. Brought to the hospital with unusual abdominal growth, she was found to be 7 months pregnant. She gave birth to a child by a cesarean section. The child’s father remained unknown.
5. When fate willed otherwise
Two brothers pictured moments before they were struck down by lightning. Pictured having fun at Moro Rock in California’s National Park, the two struck down moments later. Only the elder brother survived but with serious injuries.
6. An engineering marvel
In an age when buildings collapse standing on their foundation, this picture of a building being moved aside for a boulevard is reassuring. Even the occupants of the building were not disturbed as the building was moved about 180 feet, eloquently captured in this picture!
7. The dance for the dead
This ancient man assuages his grief through repeated rhythmic movements. He finds solace in swaying to his own music to lessen his grief. An ancient custom in many parts of the world, music has the power to provide solace to the grieving.
8. The grief of a lifetime
Such a loss goes against the natural scheme of things. The death of a close one is sad enough, but to lose a child snatched away by the sea as they enjoyed a holiday on the beach is heartbreaking. The lady looks for answers and reassurance from her husband. He has neither to offer.
9. A wrecked life
Another blot on the face of planet Earth! The Korean War came within a decade of the Second World War and killed thousands and displaced millions as a nation was torn asunder on the basis of ideology. The wounds fester to this day.
10. Rajiv Gandhi’s Last Picture
A reluctant politician who was thrust into the political field after the assassination of his mother at the hands of her bodyguards, Rajiv Gandhi would have remained an anonymous pilot if fate had not chosen otherwise. This photograph was shot as he ignored security concerns during campaigning in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. A moment later, he succumbed to a bomb blast.
These pictures show us the grim side of our lives and remind us to always cherish the moments that we have to live.