The Most Iconic Photographs In History And The Cameras That Captured Them
A picture is worth a thousand words and our history books are filled with photos of our history that speaks volumes and shows us a different time. You can compare a photograph to that of a portal that can take you to a different time. We have heard a lot about iconic photographs but not that much about the cameras that took them.
A photographer is only as good as his camera allows him to be. We remember the image and the person who took it. We remember the stories that are associated with the image but we do not remember the device that helped make an incredible sight last for centuries.
This image was taken in 1989 by Jeff Widener. It is also known as the ‘Unknown Protester’ or ‘Unknown Rebel’ as the identity of the man is still unknown. The photo was taken using a Nikon Fe2 on the morning of June 5th, 1989. The man in the photo stood in front of a line of tanks that were leaving Tiananmen Square.
The woman in the picture is Florence Owens along with her children. She was on her way on US Highway 101 headed towards Watsonville when her car broke down. They had to make camp while her sons got the car repaired. This is when photographer Dorothea Lange was passing by and began taking pictures of the distraught family on her Graflex Super D. This photo was taken in 1936.
One of the most iconic and recognizable photographs of our time has to be ‘Afghan Girl’ which was taken by Steve McCurry in 1984. This photo appeared on the cover of National Geographic in June 1985. After that in the early part of 2002, she was identified as Sharbat Gula. She was a refugee living in the Nasir Bagh refugee camp in Pakistan.
One of the most horrific wartime stories has to be the morning of 6th June 1944 otherwise known as the Normandy landings. This incredible photo was taken by war photographer Robert Capa in 1944 with his Contax Ii. The incredible story behind this photo is that Capa took 106 pictures on that day but only 11 survived. Director Steven Spielberg said that this photo inspired him to make ‘Saving Private Ryan’.
5Raising The Flag On Iwo Jima
This is one of the most iconic photographs in American history and it was taken on February 23rd, 1945 by Joe Rosenthal. The photograph shows six United States Marines raising the United States flag on the top of Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. This photograph was taken on his Speed Graphic camera.