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2012-05-31 08:38:22 PM
Nice find subby. The one with the Japanese man crying with his dog always gets me. I was in Japan at the time and took 4-5 days before I could get out of my town and join my friend in Kyoto. I had been primarily concerned about the radiation and my own health for those first few days, so it wasn't until I had reached Kyoto that I could finally breathe a sigh of relief. That's when I saw that photo. The rapidly climbing death toll from the tsunami was finally starting to sink in, and when I saw that image on my laptop I started tearing up right there in the coffee shop. Pretty emotional stuff.

/csb
 
2012-05-31 09:01:05 PM
25 and 33 always get me.
 
2012-05-31 09:23:17 PM

Grand_Moff_Joseph: 25 and 33 always get me.


33 and 36 were hard to see for me.
 
2012-05-31 09:24:18 PM
I don't know what criteria they used, but the permanent collection of Pulitzer Prize winning photographs at the Newseum in Washington is a better compilation. Anyone who likes this and who happens to make it to D.C. needs to check it out.

Some of the more recent pictures here are moving, but they're not timeless -- see the frankly generic photo of the tornado victim with his dog. They include that, but other important pictures I'd have expected to see aren't there. For example, no list like this is complete without Nick Ut's picture of the burning girl in Vietnam. And what about the firefighter carrying the body of the little girl from the day care center after the Oklahoma City bombing?

And if they're going to include shots without people, like their one of the Earth from the Moon, then what about the photo of the mushroom cloud over Hiroshima or the shot from Brooklyn of the UA 767 about to hit the south tower at the WTC?
 
2012-05-31 09:52:08 PM
Lighten up, Warthog. Few, if any, collections of photos can include all cases of tragedy we have experienced since the birth of photography. You might as well add the photos of American Civil War dead too, both recent dead and decomposed skeletons.
 
2012-05-31 09:52:56 PM
#36 got me.

:(
 
2012-05-31 09:56:44 PM
Still waiting for it to load, but does it have the Depression-era woman staring at the camera with grim despair while her children lean on her?
 
2012-05-31 10:05:27 PM
(no, it isn't)

18, 19, 23,28, and 36 really get me.
 
2012-05-31 10:07:10 PM
Oh, please. I lost it at #8.
 
2012-05-31 10:47:00 PM

DeltaPunch: Nice find subby.


Thanks.
 
2012-05-31 10:49:51 PM

AirForceVet: Lighten up, Warthog. Few, if any, collections of photos can include all cases of tragedy we have experienced since the birth of photography. You might as well add the photos of American Civil War dead too, both recent dead and decomposed skeletons.


Well, he is right, but I liked this collection.

Sure, there are many iconic images that could have been on this list [Vietnam napalm children, sailor kiss in Times Square, the girl with the eyes from Afghanistan] but I think list does a really good job of representing how photos move us as people.
 
2012-05-31 10:53:42 PM

Shadow Blasko: AirForceVet: Lighten up, Warthog. Few, if any, collections of photos can include all cases of tragedy we have experienced since the birth of photography. You might as well add the photos of American Civil War dead too, both recent dead and decomposed skeletons.

Well, he is right, but I liked this collection.

Sure, there are many iconic images that could have been on this list [Vietnam napalm children, sailor kiss in Times Square, the girl with the eyes from Afghanistan] but I think list does a really good job of representing how photos move us as people.



I agree that they are all great photographs not on the list, but to be fair I think all of those photographs are also extremely well known. What's the point of producing a list if it just contains the same stuff that was on the list the last time one was made.
 
2012-05-31 10:55:40 PM

Shadow Blasko: DeltaPunch: Nice find subby.

Thanks.


Apparently you submitted a good link... I typed all that out before this link was greened. I don't do that often -- at least not long comments -- because it usually ends up in the red pile and nobody ever reads them. Guess it worked out all around this time :)
 
2012-05-31 10:58:15 PM
I'd post some notable photos that weren't included in this link, but Fark prohibits pictures depicting death or something, so I won't.
 
2012-05-31 10:58:47 PM
One side note.

As a former storm chaser, and weather geek, I kinda went through a series of reactions to the tornado pictures.

My Weeners was surprise that they chose a pic from such a recent incident, then more surprise when I saw more than one. Then I felt a bit saddened for those who have lost so much in other tornadoes over the last year, and wondered why they were not included, then I thought "Wait... I have seen MUCH better pics of people dealing with the pain, loss, and heartache of those storms"... and then it hit me.

Those pictures are perfect examples of shocking situations that could happen to almost any of us, with little or no advanced warning. Whether it was hurricane, tornado, earthquake, volcano... there is almost no where on earth that you can hide from natures fury, and when it comes for you, and takes everything you have... you realize what matters most, be it a loved ones embrace, or a pet that has been your companion for years.

So, yeah. Powerful images. In the space of maybe 2 minutes I experiences a small delight in seeing something I have experienced personally being represented, then bewilderment, then unease, then grief, and finally understanding. That is powerful imagery, and how it is presented worked very very well.
 
2012-05-31 11:00:20 PM

RexTalionis: I'd post some notable photos that weren't included in this link, but Fark prohibits pictures depicting death or something, so I won't.


You could always link to the pictures, and explain what they make you feel.

I have a feeling that this thread will have quite a few who are moved to look beyond what is presented at face value.
 
2012-05-31 11:01:33 PM

Shadow Blasko: My Weeners


Ahh.. pwnage. Thy name is Fark Filter
 
2012-05-31 11:10:33 PM

Shadow Blasko: RexTalionis: I'd post some notable photos that weren't included in this link, but Fark prohibits pictures depicting death or something, so I won't.

You could always link to the pictures, and explain what they make you feel.

I have a feeling that this thread will have quite a few who are moved to look beyond what is presented at face value.


Okay:

The picture of the starving Sudanese child during the 1994 Sudan famine. (Graphic, 1994 Pulitzer Prize Winner)

www.listzblog.com

Woman and child falling as their fire escape collapses during Boston fire. World Press Winner 1975

www.listzblog.com
South Korean mother begs for mercy for her son. 1987 World Press Winner
 
2012-05-31 11:14:23 PM
johnkary.net

And, of course, there's my favorite picture of them all.
 
2012-05-31 11:14:26 PM

RexTalionis: The picture of the starving Sudanese child during the 1994 Sudan famine. (Graphic, 1994 Pulitzer Prize Winner)


I agree that that is one of the most powerful pictures ever. Especially with what happened later with the photographer.
 
2012-05-31 11:17:19 PM
images.wikia.com
 
2012-05-31 11:27:02 PM
Soldiers and dogs always make me smile or grimace, depending on the context.

French civilian crying is the one that speaks to me the loudest, of this collection.
 
2012-05-31 11:29:46 PM

RexTalionis: [johnkary.net image 439x596]

And, of course, there's my favorite picture of them all.


Thanks for that. That one is awesome.

Isn't the case where these moving photographs are of death and war... or human triumph in exploration?

Let me count it up
 
2012-05-31 11:31:48 PM

Warthog: Some of the more recent pictures here are moving, but they're not timeless -- see the frankly generic photo of the tornado victim with his dog. They include that, but other important pictures I'd have expected to see aren't there. For example, no list like this is complete without Nick Ut's picture of the burning girl in Vietnam. And what about the firefighter carrying the body of the little girl from the day care center after the Oklahoma City bombing?


I agree...that upskirt of the girl in Vancouver probably won't be remembered for more than a year from now aside from a certain perverted portion of society that will add it to their collection.
 
2012-05-31 11:36:05 PM

jaylectricity: I agree...that upskirt of the girl in Vancouver probably won't be remembered for more than a year from now aside from a certain perverted portion of society that will add it to their collection.


A beautifully captured moment of human compassion and tenderness in the middle of a riot? Amazingly well framed and shot, with the perfect amount of background and foreground elements to tell the story?

I think it has staying power.
 
2012-05-31 11:40:29 PM
BTW, it should also be mentioned that at least two of the photographers responsible for some of the pictures in this article have commented on it.

That was kinda cool to see.
 
2012-05-31 11:44:19 PM

Lots of war, lots of disaster. Not too much on the scientific achievement.

1. war/death
2. war
3. cops
4. cops
5. death
6. death
7. black power
8. getting the fark out of the holocaust
9. coffin/ death
10. riots/uprising/prayer
11. reuniting /korean war sep.
12. reuniting /disaster
13. WWII family separation
14. war death revolt
15. riot / making out
16. disaster tornado
17. vets /emotions
18. same sex marriage
19. disaster
20. WWII france
21. WWII camps
22. disaster wildfire koala
23. disaster 9/11 death
24. JFK death . Johnson oath. Jackie - o blood stained
25. disaster katrina
26. radiation screening / dog separation
27. reunited korea war separation
28. reunited iraq war
29. protest vietnam war
30. protest Tiananmen
31. protest Tiananmen
32. Scientific Advancement!!!
33. death war
34. war WWII
35. WWII reunited
36. death War iraq
37. Racial relations
38. Soldier
39. disaster
40. Space! Moon. Earth
 
2012-05-31 11:48:19 PM

RexTalionis: And, of course, there's my favorite picture of them all.


If that's your favorite photo, you've probably already seen this...but, it's one of my very favorite YouTube vids (it includes Sagan speaking the words from your image):

You Are Here (pops)
 
2012-05-31 11:57:21 PM

Party Boy: Lots of war, lots of disaster. Not too much on the scientific achievement.


upload.wikimedia.org

imgsrc.hubblesite.org

www.19thcenturypost.com

www.rareuniverse.org

scienceroll.files.wordpress.com

Better?
 
2012-05-31 11:58:31 PM
Human achievements that don;t involve comparison to war or disaster.


Hubble's Deepest Field
i.imgur.com
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Cassini Probe pic of Saturn and Earth is on the top left.
i.imgur.com
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Sunset on Mars
i.imgur.com
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Pillars of Creation
i.imgur.com
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2012-06-01 12:00:43 AM
www.centennialofflight.gov
Joseph Kittinger's record high altitude jump - just as he steps into the void from his gondola.
 
2012-06-01 12:04:01 AM

RexTalionis:
Better?



A bit, yeah.

This is one of my rarely discussed gripes about collective humanity. What do we memorialize? What do we remember and how do we celebrate it?

I think it really stuck in me lately seeing NASA take such a hit while congress scrambles to save defense spending from cuts.

What the fark is our problem? We should, at least, celebrate people like Alexander Fleming as much as we celebrate war heroes. Alexander farking Fleming. Good luck with modern medicine without that guys discovery. We can stretch this list out a bit.
 
2012-06-01 12:04:06 AM
I dunno guys.

I'm a geek. Several of the pics you just posted have spent time in rotation as my desktop image, but they don't *move* me the way pictures of people in emotionally charged situations do.

I'm not saying they are not powerful, especially the Pillars Of Creation, but while inspiring, they don't pull my heart out and say "Remember me asshole? That thing you put away when you are surfing the net looking at funny pics of cats and interesting pics on APOD? I'm still here, and I will make you cry when you least expect it."
 
2012-06-01 12:05:31 AM

Shadow Blasko: I'm a geek. Several of the pics you just posted have spent time in rotation as my desktop image, but they don't *move* me the way pictures of people in emotionally charged situations do.

I'm not saying they are not powerful, especially the Pillars Of Creation, but while inspiring, they don't pull my heart out and say "Remember me asshole? That thing you put away when you are surfing the net looking at funny pics of cats and interesting pics on APOD? I'm still here, and I will make you cry when you least expect it."


Thanks for the emphasis.
 
2012-06-01 12:09:46 AM

Party Boy: Shadow Blasko: I'm a geek. Several of the pics you just posted have spent time in rotation as my desktop image, but they don't *move* me the way pictures of people in emotionally charged situations do.

I'm not saying they are not powerful, especially the Pillars Of Creation, but while inspiring, they don't pull my heart out and say "Remember me asshole? That thing you put away when you are surfing the net looking at funny pics of cats and interesting pics on APOD? I'm still here, and I will make you cry when you least expect it."

Thanks for the emphasis.


Yeah, I did prove your point a bit there didn't I?

But, do you see mine?

We're geeks. We LOVE that shiat. But pics that appeal to us rarely move the masses (sadly).

Regardless of how advanced we may ever become, not everyone will be a scientist of some sort, or even interested in science. Everyone knows what personal pain feels like. The feelings of loss or heartbreak, or how it feels to burst into tears of joy when you realize that you thought you lost everything, but then you find something that can fill your heart with hope, even for a moment.
 
2012-06-01 12:10:47 AM

RexTalionis: Joseph Kittinger's record high altitude jump - just as he steps into the void from his gondola.


I love that photo, he was nuts, there is no way I would do that.
 
2012-06-01 12:14:07 AM

violentsalvation: RexTalionis: Joseph Kittinger's record high altitude jump - just as he steps into the void from his gondola.

I love that photo, he was nuts, there is no way I would do that.


I always look at that thread and think.. Man, to do that, even after he knew that his suit was failing and he was about to lose the use of one of his hands because of it.. But .. Screw that! I'm here... I'm doing it!

Reminds me of Chuck Yeager and flying the x-1 with broken ribs.
 
2012-06-01 12:18:04 AM

Shadow Blasko: Yeah, I did prove your point a bit there didn't I?


Painfully

Shadow Blasko: But, do you see mine?


i.imgur.com

i.imgur.com

i.imgur.com

Yeah, I see it.
 
2012-06-01 12:22:35 AM

Party Boy: Shadow Blasko: Yeah, I did prove your point a bit there didn't I?

Painfully

Shadow Blasko: But, do you see mine?

[i.imgur.com image 432x224]

[i.imgur.com image 300x300]

[i.imgur.com image 317x198]

Yeah, I see it.


No need to go on the offensive (pun intended) I'm just putting my viewpoint out there. I think it is valid.

If you are implying that I'm giving into the lowest common denominator with my argument of emotionally charged images v inspirational images... then perhaps lets just agree to disagree.
 
2012-06-01 12:25:15 AM

Shadow Blasko: jaylectricity: I agree...that upskirt of the girl in Vancouver probably won't be remembered for more than a year from now aside from a certain perverted portion of society that will add it to their collection.

A beautifully captured moment of human compassion and tenderness in the middle of a riot? Amazingly well framed and shot, with the perfect amount of background and foreground elements to tell the story?

I think it has staying power.


Agreed. It's a great photo, and can have multiple layers of interpretation.
 
2012-06-01 12:28:09 AM

Shadow Blasko: No need to go on the offensive (pun intended) I'm just putting my viewpoint out there. I think it is valid.

If you are implying that I'm giving into the lowest common denominator with my argument of emotionally charged images v inspirational images.


This runs into another issue.

Its a collective concern. It doesn't necessarily focus on you. From my perspective, you as an individual POV blends in with a larger collective issue of humanity, memory, and memorialization. \

The problems we have in separating the individual to the collective is, strangely, a related issue. its late and i don't wanna get on that.

Lets just be clear. its not you, its the collective "us" and one of our larger flaws as a species.
 
2012-06-01 12:29:06 AM

Party Boy: What the fark is our problem? We should, at least, celebrate people like Alexander Fleming as much as we celebrate war heroes. Alexander farking Fleming. Good luck with modern medicine without that guys discovery. We can stretch this list out a bit.


Well, we are a war-like people.
 
2012-06-01 12:32:06 AM
This gives me an idea.

Thanks for the chatShadow Blasko:. You just helped me figure something out.
 
2012-06-01 12:33:09 AM

Party Boy: Shadow Blasko: No need to go on the offensive (pun intended) I'm just putting my viewpoint out there. I think it is valid.

If you are implying that I'm giving into the lowest common denominator with my argument of emotionally charged images v inspirational images.

This runs into another issue.

Its a collective concern. It doesn't necessarily focus on you. From my perspective, you as an individual POV blends in with a larger collective issue of humanity, memory, and memorialization. \

The problems we have in separating the individual to the collective is, strangely, a related issue. its late and i don't wanna get on that.

Lets just be clear. its not you, its the collective "us" and one of our larger flaws as a species.


Ahh, yes. In that case I very much agree.

/Had to install a larger hard drive in the household DVR so my roommates can record "toddlers and tiaras" and "Dance Moms". I want to force them to watch a 12 hour Cosmos marathon, but I know they would just resent me and everything the marathon represents if I did so.

//Doesn't know the solution. Wish I did.
 
2012-06-01 12:42:07 AM

Shadow Blasko: Doesn't know the solution.


its hard enough to point it out.


Sit down and count up the ways dollars are accrued by exploiting psychological flaws. its seemingly endless.

This list is wide from appearance, to confirmation bias, to numbers and coupons in pricing, to banking, to Frank farking Luntz.

From my end, its nearly impossible to see significant money generation without the exploitation of our flaws.
 
2012-06-01 12:43:15 AM
I'm going to get some work done.

Drew's making some ad money on me through my procrastination psychological flaw.
 
2012-06-01 01:25:01 AM

RexTalionis: [johnkary.net image 439x596]

And, of course, there's my favorite picture of them all.


one last thing. lets get the rest of the quote in there. Poopipedia.

johnkary.net
[Rest of the quote by Sagan]
The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity - in all this vastness - there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. It's been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.

i.imgur.com

Click for Desktop Size
 
2012-06-01 01:50:00 AM

Party Boy: RexTalionis: [johnkary.net image 439x596]

And, of course, there's my favorite picture of them all.

one last thing. lets get the rest of the quote in there. Poopipedia.

[johnkary.net image 439x596]
[Rest of the quote by Sagan]
The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity - in all this vastness - there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. It's been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.

[i.imgur.com image 640x360]

Click for Desktop Size


That part is also in the "You are Here" vid, I linked to earlier.

I own a copy Pale Blue Dot...but, I've never actually read it. I'm guessing the soundtrack of the YouTube vid is from Carl Sagan's audiobook recording of the book.

I think I'll start reading Pale Blue Dot tonight.
 
2012-06-01 02:13:48 AM

RexTalionis: I'd post some notable photos that weren't included in this link, but Fark prohibits pictures depicting death or something, so I won't.


All these pics were taken from a Reddit thread that didn't hold back on the NSFW and NSFL pics. Much more powerful.
 
2012-06-01 02:22:55 AM
Absolutely a bookmark.
 
2012-06-01 02:23:02 AM

Shadow Blasko: violentsalvation: RexTalionis: Joseph Kittinger's record high altitude jump - just as he steps into the void from his gondola.

I love that photo, he was nuts, there is no way I would do that.

I always look at that thread and think.. Man, to do that, even after he knew that his suit was failing and he was about to lose the use of one of his hands because of it.. But .. Screw that! I'm here... I'm doing it!

Reminds me of Chuck Yeager and flying the x-1 with broken ribs.


He is so damn high, the view must have been so incredible. I probably would have sat looking at the round earth in amazement until I froze, or I would be freaking out in the basket. Maybe he did both those and realized it was better to jump than chill. I'm not afraid of heights but I wouldn't do that unless I had the loaded barrel of a terminal disease on my forehead.
 
2012-06-01 03:07:25 AM
www.teslasociety.com
 
2012-06-01 04:39:40 AM
Naked chics woulda been better!
 
2012-06-01 04:43:13 AM
Good stuff. Though the one from Canada with the upskirt shot of couple making out on the pavement still makes me laugh for some reason.
 
2012-06-01 04:44:21 AM

violentsalvation: RexTalionis: Joseph Kittinger's record high altitude jump - just as he steps into the void from his gondola.

I love that photo, he was nuts, there is no way I would do that.


Someone's trying to break his record.

/Kittinger is on his support team apparently
 
2012-06-01 04:46:07 AM
List has little to no historical perspective.
 
2012-06-01 04:48:13 AM
Wow those were some powerful photos!

(except 15 and 27 which don't belong there, especially 27 because those 2 were idiots and 1 had a famous sister)
 
2012-06-01 04:50:44 AM

fusillade762: Good stuff. Though the one from Canada with the upskirt shot of couple making out on the pavement still makes me laugh for some reason.


Yeah, that's what happens when you take part in a riot. I've never liked that picture because of what it stood for.
 
2012-06-01 04:51:22 AM
worldsfamousphotos.com
 
2012-06-01 04:52:02 AM
www.motorcycleclassics.com

Rollie Free busting out 150.3mph on the salt in1948. On his Vincent in nothing but a speedo and the weight of his massive brass balls over the rear wheel for added traction.
 
2012-06-01 04:54:24 AM

coco ebert: Oh, please. I lost it at #8.


I didn't even make it that far before I was crying. #6 did me in.

Beautiful set of photos, subby. Great find.
 
2012-06-01 04:55:26 AM

Shadow Blasko: ....
/Had to install a larger hard drive in the household DVR so my roommates can record "toddlers and tiaras" and "Dance Moms". I want to force them to watch a 12 hour Cosmos marathon, but I know they would just resent me and everything the marathon represents if I did so.

//Doesn't know the solution. Wish I did.


MOVE. OUT. NOW.
 
2012-06-01 04:58:50 AM
It's not a tearjerker, but #10 is the most powerful one, imho.
 
2012-06-01 05:03:02 AM
ahem:

http://www.interestment.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Poster-THE-K I SS.jpg
 
2012-06-01 05:03:07 AM

Party Boy: Shadow Blasko: I'm a geek. Several of the pics you just posted have spent time in rotation as my desktop image, but they don't *move* me the way pictures of people in emotionally charged situations do.

I'm not saying they are not powerful, especially the Pillars Of Creation, but while inspiring, they don't pull my heart out and say "Remember me asshole? That thing you put away when you are surfing the net looking at funny pics of cats and interesting pics on APOD? I'm still here, and I will make you cry when you least expect it."

Thanks for the emphasis.


What Blasko said.

/thanks, Shadow Blasko
//you too, Subby.
 
2012-06-01 05:05:21 AM
I teared up over the dog by it's human's grave.

/Lot of GREAT pics here.
 
2012-06-01 05:07:49 AM
6, 12, 22, and 39 got me.

....Sensing a pattern here actually...
 
2012-06-01 05:15:19 AM

RexTalionis: Woman and child falling as their fire escape collapses during Boston fire. World Press Winner 1975


I have a hardbound book of photographs taken over the years and featured in Life Magazine. The picture of the falling woman & child was amongst them. The child survived the fall, but the woman didn't.
 
2012-06-01 05:15:52 AM
21.

Balls. Of. Steel.
 
2012-06-01 05:16:36 AM
If this is the guy's job
"Hey, why don't you link to historical photos from other sources and create some kinda new list of 'powerful pics' or whatever? There's absolutely nothing else going on currently that would merit bandwidth, amirite?"

I'd love to get paid for that sorta work. Much easier than actual journalism or reporting.
 
2012-06-01 05:16:59 AM

Party Boy: Human achievements that don;t involve comparison to war or disaster.


Pillars of Creation
[i.imgur.com image 640x631]
Click for resize


Is that sea beams glittering in the dark at the Tannhauser gate ? Meh, seen it.
 
2012-06-01 05:22:29 AM

change1211: fusillade762: Good stuff. Though the one from Canada with the upskirt shot of couple making out on the pavement still makes me laugh for some reason.

Yeah, that's what happens when you take part in a riot. I've never liked that picture because of what it stood for.


Especially when it's a riot over a farking sports team. It might be powerful if it had occurred during something meaningful.
 
2012-06-01 05:25:54 AM
Retired Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis is arrested for participating in the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011.

errr no. arrested for impersonating a police officer. which he isn't anymore. but I'm glad to know there was such love from the pro occupy crowd for a cop they know for a fact treated every single person he encountered on duty with 100% respect and acted totally within the law.

It's the OTHER cops that are "bad"
 
2012-06-01 05:27:08 AM
Composure started to falter at #8 - Liberated prisoners and #10 - Christians protecting Muslim prayer. Completely gone by #12 - Japanese man reunited with his dog.

I'm a complete mess now...
 
2012-06-01 05:28:22 AM
i.imgur.com

America brings freedom to an Iraqi family.
 
2012-06-01 05:28:40 AM
dogs?

farm8.staticflickr.com
 
2012-06-01 05:30:55 AM
farm8.staticflickr.com

HANFORD

June 1, 2000- May 16, 2012

May your spirit play in this wonderful place forever

With thanks from your loving human dad
 
2012-06-01 05:38:43 AM

RidersOfLohan: Retired Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis is arrested for participating in the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011.

errr no. arrested for impersonating a police officer. which he isn't anymore. but I'm glad to know there was such love from the pro occupy crowd for a cop they know for a fact treated every single person he encountered on duty with 100% respect and acted totally within the law.

It's the OTHER cops that are "bad"
OWS scares the hell out of me

 
2012-06-01 05:43:20 AM
great link/thread!
 
2012-06-01 05:54:54 AM
What, this didnt make it?

bagnewsnotes.typepad.com
 
2012-06-01 06:02:42 AM

Tehrasha: What, this didnt make it?

[bagnewsnotes.typepad.com image 640x461]


oi45.tinypic.com

Without that, we'd never have this!
 
2012-06-01 06:11:18 AM

RidersOfLohan: dogs?

[farm8.staticflickr.com image 375x500]


Was going to post this. Well, not exactly this. That statue (of #7) is at my school, since both of them went to SJSU.
 
2012-06-01 06:13:16 AM
Tank man. Always gets me.

I wish I were half the man he was/is.
 
2012-06-01 06:17:10 AM
I wasn't able to find it, but one of the most moving and dust provoking photos I have seen was in Life magazine. Early 60s. A picture of a guy crying and hugging his German Shepherd. In the background is a shot up VW and some Indian UN troops marching away in the distance. I think it was in the Congo, guy didn't stop at a checkpoint and the troops shot up the car. In the car are the crying guy's wife and friend (can't see them).
 
2012-06-01 06:22:12 AM
Haven't read TFA or TF yet. The list fails if it doesn't have Kevin Carter's photo of the child and the vulture.
 
2012-06-01 06:34:48 AM

Tehrasha: What, this didnt make it?

[bagnewsnotes.typepad.com image 640x461]


Something you guys should know.

This wasn't just some random execution. The reason this young guerrilla was getting his brains blown out was that ten minutes before this picture was being taken, he had just finished off killing an entire family by himself.
 
2012-06-01 06:35:12 AM
Pretty disappointed in most of the pictures used in this link. As has been pointed out above, there are a lot more powerful photos out there that possibly aren't as topical, but more striking. Some examples of pretty much random picts in the link would be 26, 31, 37 and 38. I was looking through photo archives of events like the atomic bomb damage from WWII or tsunami events that nearly take your breath away. Oh well, just someone elses opinion on art.
 
2012-06-01 06:37:56 AM
i174.photobucket.com

From the Joplin tornado.
 
2012-06-01 06:39:27 AM
Lacks Fark meme sources.
 
2012-06-01 06:41:24 AM

Coelacanth: Tehrasha: What, this didnt make it?

[bagnewsnotes.typepad.com image 640x461]

Something you guys should know.

This wasn't just some random execution. The reason this young guerrilla was getting his brains blown out was that ten minutes before this picture was being taken, he had just finished off killing an entire family by himself.


Yep, and the guy on the left died in 98 after moving to NOVA to start a pizza joint.
 
2012-06-01 06:41:32 AM
Got to #6. I waited for you, Fry.
 
2012-06-01 06:43:23 AM
Since Fark probably won't let me post the pic, but I invite everyone to GIS for it....


Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc self-immolates at a busy intersection in Saigon to protest the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government (the good guys, as it were)
 
2012-06-01 06:44:01 AM

moike: [www.motorcycleclassics.com image 640x515]

Rollie Free busting out 150.3mph on the salt in1948. On his Vincent in nothing but a speedo and the weight of his massive brass balls over the rear wheel for added traction.


Planking.. Stupid since 1948.
 
2012-06-01 06:44:37 AM
28, 33 and 36 have me in bits.
 
2012-06-01 06:45:23 AM
Here is a huge high res black and white wide angle picture of the San Francisco earthquake of old. It's way too big to post but the breadth and width of the destruction takes my breath away.

Link
 
2012-06-01 06:52:50 AM
For me, a powerful photo is about evoking human emotion. The most powerful shots for me had to do with loss, or with regaining something after it's long absence.

The shot of the dog who had been laying by the grave of his human for a couple of days was the first one in this series that connected powerfully with me.

Along the same vein, the photo of the two female journalists being reunited with the family they thought they wouldn't see again for over a decade of Best Korean prison camping is extremely powerful. There is so much raw emotion in that photo.

The very next shot featuring the military mom down on her knees being reunited with her child is quite powerful.

Finally, the shot of the young boy at his father's funeral trying to be brave while he is handed the flag from his father's coffin raises all manner of dust in my room.

A shot of the Horsehead Nebula is certainly interesting, but it doesn't stand a chance of connecting to the viewer the way a display of raw human emotion does. At least to those of us with some sense of human empathy.
 
2012-06-01 06:55:04 AM
i174.photobucket.com

This one too.
 
2012-06-01 07:05:46 AM

mytdawg: [i174.photobucket.com image 300x400]

This one too.


Fark.

This one has the same effect on me:
lh4.googleusercontent.com

He was killed and then the dog apparently died of a broken heart.
 
2012-06-01 07:06:38 AM
I'll just leave this here

0.tqn.com
 
2012-06-01 07:11:26 AM

JohnCarter: I'll just leave this here

[0.tqn.com image 400x322]


Learning that that photo was staged kind of bummed me out.
 
2012-06-01 07:12:04 AM

BullBearMS: A shot of the Horsehead Nebula is certainly interesting, but it doesn't stand a chance of connecting to the viewer the way a display of raw human emotion does. At least to those of us with some sense of human empathy.


I dunno, I'm perfectly capable of tearing up in empathy for fellow humans' joy or suffering, as well as the at the beauty and awe of the universe. Maybe those of us who also feel emotions about the latter should feel pity for your inability to widen your perspective, eh?
 
2012-06-01 07:18:13 AM
Looking through these photos, I was of course struck by the emotion conveyed by them. But then I started to ask myself why...WHY DO WE FIGHT WARS? We kill people and break things, and this is good in what way? Wouldn't this world be a better place if we could figure out how to resolve conflict without killing people and breaking things? Seems to me that it would.
 
2012-06-01 07:23:42 AM
Just read through the Reddit thread that inspired this and now my day is farked up.

Omayra Sanchez
Samir Hassan

Life sucks.
 
2012-06-01 07:25:17 AM
Oh and this one: 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography

Be sure to turn the captions on.

/fark cancer
 
2012-06-01 07:26:10 AM
Hm. Ate my link.

http://www.sacbee.com/static/newsroom/swf/april07/mother/

http://www.sacbee.com/static/newsroom/swf/april07/mother/
 
2012-06-01 07:28:01 AM
Humanity's low point
mukto-mona.net


Humanity's high point
brucemhood.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-06-01 07:32:04 AM

Coelacanth: Tehrasha: What, this didnt make it?

[bagnewsnotes.typepad.com image 640x461]

Something you guys should know.

This wasn't just some random execution. The reason this young guerrilla was getting his brains blown out was that ten minutes before this picture was being taken, he had just finished off killing an entire family by himself.


And yet, the members of Charlie Company walk free.
 
2012-06-01 07:32:47 AM
Yeah, #36 was rough.

Excellent find, subby.
 
2012-06-01 07:33:04 AM

hippyneil: Humanity's low point


We're not done yet, we can top that.

hippyneil: Humanity's high point


We are done, we won't top that.

/bright ray of sunshine
 
2012-06-01 07:34:44 AM

Lydia_C: BullBearMS: A shot of the Horsehead Nebula is certainly interesting, but it doesn't stand a chance of connecting to the viewer the way a display of raw human emotion does. At least to those of us with some sense of human empathy.

I dunno, I'm perfectly capable of tearing up in empathy for fellow humans' joy or suffering, as well as the at the beauty and awe of the universe. Maybe those of us who also feel emotions about the latter should feel pity for your inability to widen your perspective, eh?


Maybe so. Hubble porn is interesting to me and can quite often be beautiful and evoke a sense of wonder, but there is not a chance in hell of it ever evoking the same sort of deep emotional response that this image does:

dl.dropbox.com

That's a shot of an aid worker in Uganda trying to comfort a starving child taken in 1980.
 
2012-06-01 07:36:57 AM
Damn, #35 with the German POW coming home from Russia got to me... my Hungarian grandfather was also a POW in one of those camps for several years after WW2 until the Russians were forced to release the prisoners under the Geneva conventions.

Followed up with #36 made it really damn dusty in here.
 
2012-06-01 07:37:24 AM
damn you subby. I only made it to 6.
 
2012-06-01 07:42:21 AM

Lydia_C: BullBearMS: A shot of the Horsehead Nebula is certainly interesting, but it doesn't stand a chance of connecting to the viewer the way a display of raw human emotion does. At least to those of us with some sense of human empathy.

I dunno, I'm perfectly capable of tearing up in empathy for fellow humans' joy or suffering, as well as the at the beauty and awe of the universe. Maybe those of us who also feel emotions about the latter should feel pity for your inability to widen your perspective, eh?


No. A pompous, self-aggrandizing asshole like yourself should never feel pity for anyone, as you have no inferiors.
 
2012-06-01 07:47:18 AM

Party Boy:
27. reunited korea war separation


Err, no, that's not what's going on with picture 27 at all. Laura Ling is Chinese-American. Euna Lee is Korean-American. Both were US citizens who were in Korea doing a documentary on North Korean defectors (which of course made the DPRoK very angry). They crossed the border while filming and got arrested. Under diplomatic pressure, eventually the North Korean government released them.

"Journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling, who had been arrested in North Korea and sentenced to 12 years hard labor, are reunited with their families in California after a successful diplomatic intervention by the U.S."

They wrote books about their experiences. (Well, by "they" I mean the Ling sisters.) "Somewhere Inside" is worth reading if you take any interest in North Korea, which judging by Fark threads, a lot of Farkers do.

The World Is Bigger Now: An American Journalist's Release from Captivity in North Korea

Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home
 
2012-06-01 07:48:40 AM

BullBearMS: Maybe so. Hubble porn is interesting to me and can quite often be beautiful and evoke a sense of wonder, but there is not a chance in hell of it ever evoking the same sort of deep emotional response that this image does:

[dl.dropbox.com image 640x433]

That's a shot of an aid worker in Uganda trying to comfort a starving child taken in 1980.



I would definitely disagree. There are more deep emotions than only the depressing kind. I would take inspiration over depression in most cases.
 
2012-06-01 07:52:43 AM

Party Boy: The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity - in all this vastness - there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. It's been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world.


If life is going to exist in a Universe of this size, then the one thing it cannot have is a sense of proportion.
 
2012-06-01 07:52:57 AM

hippyneil:

Humanity's high point
[brucemhood.files.wordpress.com image 596x450]




The original unedited photo:
geek.thinkunique.org
 
2012-06-01 07:54:35 AM
Humans are disgusting creatures, the vast majority are only interested in subjugating others, inseminate females, and the females who love said males.
 
2012-06-01 07:54:50 AM

Howser: Is that sea beams glittering in the dark at the Tannhauser gate ? Meh, seen it.


It's too bad you won't live.

But then again, who does?
 
2012-06-01 07:57:06 AM

pkellmey: BullBearMS: Maybe so. Hubble porn is interesting to me and can quite often be beautiful and evoke a sense of wonder, but there is not a chance in hell of it ever evoking the same sort of deep emotional response that this image does:

[dl.dropbox.com image 640x433]

That's a shot of an aid worker in Uganda trying to comfort a starving child taken in 1980.


I would definitely disagree. There are more deep emotions than only the depressing kind. I would take inspiration over depression in most cases.


I never said there weren't other powerful emotions. I said that I personally found that the photos dealing with loss or regaining something feared lost were the most powerful in the series.

Photos that evoke love, compassion, and joy (for example) can also be quite powerful.
 
2012-06-01 07:57:53 AM
www.newhopechurch.ca
"A six year old orphan from Austria ecstatically embraces a brand new pair of shoes just given to him by the Red Cross." from Time Life
 
2012-06-01 07:59:32 AM

Party Boy: RexTalionis: [johnkary.net image 439x596]

And, of course, there's my favorite picture of them all.

one last thing. lets get the rest of the quote in there. Poopipedia.

[johnkary.net image 439x596]
[Rest of the quote by Sagan]
The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity - in all this vastness - there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. It's been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.

[i.imgur.com image 640x360]

Click for Desktop Size



...and then you click on the Fark Politics tab and weep for humanity.
The utter stupidity of how people on this planet live and treat others is mind boggling.
 
2012-06-01 08:04:30 AM

JunkyJu: ...and then you click on the Fark Politics tab and weep for humanity.
The utter stupidity of how people on this planet live and treat others is mind boggling.


You are completely correct, however opinions are ultimately the things that can lead to both peace and war, death and life. Few things would ever get accomplished if not for strong opinions.
 
2012-06-01 08:05:40 AM

mytdawg: hippyneil: Humanity's low point

We're not done yet, we can top that.

hippyneil: Humanity's high point

We are done, we won't top that.

/bright ray of sunshine


The fact that there are people still dying of starvation and lack of water when we have the resources and capability to prevent it saddens me more than pretty much anything else. Whatever else we may inflict upon each other, the mass denial of such fundamental necessities (and it is denial because we COULD do this but don't because "it's too expensive") should be abhorrent to each and every one of us.
 
2012-06-01 08:08:47 AM
Blargh, I was doing fine until #12
 
2012-06-01 08:09:13 AM

starsrift: It's not a tearjerker, but #10 is the most powerful one, imho.


#10 was great.
 
2012-06-01 08:12:56 AM
Subby is a cold hearted bastard. It got too dusty in here for me at #2 And that damn dust would just not go away.

// joking good find.
 
2012-06-01 08:13:04 AM
Tank man in Tiananmen square always gets me. Standing there alone facing down a column of 30 ton tanks sayin, "This is our city and you don't have the right."
 
2012-06-01 08:14:08 AM

jso2897: Lydia_C: BullBearMS: A shot of the Horsehead Nebula is certainly interesting, but it doesn't stand a chance of connecting to the viewer the way a display of raw human emotion does. At least to those of us with some sense of human empathy.

I dunno, I'm perfectly capable of tearing up in empathy for fellow humans' joy or suffering, as well as the at the beauty and awe of the universe. Maybe those of us who also feel emotions about the latter should feel pity for your inability to widen your perspective, eh?

No. A pompous, self-aggrandizing asshole like yourself should never feel pity for anyone, as you have no inferiors.


I was making the point that perhaps BullBearMS shouldn't be making sweeping assumptions about the inability of "geeks" to feel strong emotions for their fellow humans. I have no idea what you're thinking, but maybe a little less caffeine and a walk outside will help.
 
2012-06-01 08:14:29 AM
Goddammitsomuch. Way to start my day off crying.
 
2012-06-01 08:15:54 AM

BullBearMS: Photos that evoke love, compassion, and joy (for example) can also be quite powerful.


Absolutely. The soldier in #28 is crying with joy and that made me tear up just as much as the ones dealing with loss and grief.

I think the reason that photos dealing with loss, despair, terror, fear etc. are things we as normal people can relate to and have felt in some measure during our lives. Pictures of space, while awe-inspiring, are still slightly removed from us as most of us have no experience of it rather than the knowledge that it's big and it's there.
 
2012-06-01 08:16:46 AM

moike: [www.motorcycleclassics.com image 640x515]

Rollie Free busting out 150.3mph on the salt in1948. On his Vincent in nothing but a speedo and the weight of his massive brass balls over the rear wheel for added traction.


Big deal. I broke his record in 2002 by going 155 on FL-85n. Fully clothed.
 
2012-06-01 08:21:55 AM
3.bp.blogspot.com

What? No love for the Afghan girl?
 
2012-06-01 08:22:28 AM

Lydia_C: I was making the point that perhaps BullBearMS shouldn't be making sweeping assumptions about the inability of "geeks" to feel strong emotions for their fellow humans. I have no idea what you're thinking, but maybe a little less caffeine and a walk outside will help.


Yet you have no problem with making sweeping assumptions about what others think.
 
2012-06-01 08:25:27 AM

MythDragon: What? No love for the Afghan girl?


The follow-up pict years later dropped a lot of its mass appeal.
 
2012-06-01 08:27:02 AM
I agree more tech, science, nature shots would be appropriate but also these would be better than a few of the 40:

tapordiecompany.com
swick.co.uk
 
2012-06-01 08:28:15 AM

BullBearMS: Lydia_C: I was making the point that perhaps BullBearMS shouldn't be making sweeping assumptions about the inability of "geeks" to feel strong emotions for their fellow humans. I have no idea what you're thinking, but maybe a little less caffeine and a walk outside will help.

Yet you have no problem with making sweeping assumptions about what others think.


Considering that he or she was pretty hostile out of the box, and my comment applied only to them, I don't see where I made any sweeping assumptions. It was just a suggestion to do something to calm whatever ire/annoyance they were clearly feeling.
 
2012-06-01 08:28:20 AM
Ah shiat, I can't make it any further. I have to check these out alone.
 
2012-06-01 08:31:04 AM
I saw this the other day on the NYtimes blog site. I agree with the author, this image gets me.

graphics8.nytimes.com

click here for back story, it pops
 
2012-06-01 08:31:21 AM
I didn't see these; didn't click on all the links though. The first picture is
just deeply sad. The second one, I think is hopeful.

farm8.staticflickr.com

farm8.staticflickr.com
 
2012-06-01 08:32:19 AM

Party Boy: RexTalionis:
Better?


A bit, yeah.

This is one of my rarely discussed gripes about collective humanity. What do we memorialize? What do we remember and how do we celebrate it?

I think it really stuck in me lately seeing NASA take such a hit while congress scrambles to save defense spending from cuts.

What the fark is our problem? We should, at least, celebrate people like Alexander Fleming as much as we celebrate war heroes. Alexander farking Fleming. Good luck with modern medicine without that guys discovery. We can stretch this list out a bit.


If we weren't moved by the pictures of compassion, despair and hope, then we would have no reason to care about scientific achievement or space photos.

They move us for the same reasons why we look at the stars. The belief in the potential greatness of each human to become the one who lifts another veil to enlighten mankind is why we are so moved to despair at the loss and when we see the compassion it gives us hope that there are still strong individuals among us.

So don't regret that those images move so many, take heart in the fact that so many are moved by the emotions that carry us forward. When those images cease to have emotional meaning, that will be the moment when hope for humanity has been lost.
 
2012-06-01 08:33:16 AM
I made it to number 8, but I haven't dusted..ever.
 
2012-06-01 08:34:24 AM
Prime Minister of Australia.
i45.tinypic.com

Silly old duffer.

// it was in a politicians vs. journalists cricket match
// he thought he would be a hero and go the tonk

// PWNED!!!
// the origin of pwning

// can you get more pwned?
// I ask you
 
2012-06-01 08:35:40 AM
Prime Minister of America.
i48.tinypic.com
 
2012-06-01 08:38:08 AM

Big Ramifications: Prime Minister of America.
[i48.tinypic.com image 300x400]


Link
Yeah but then their 90 year old ex-PM does something like this and all is redeemed
 
2012-06-01 08:39:48 AM

Party Boy: RexTalionis: [johnkary.net image 439x596]

And, of course, there's my favorite picture of them all.

one last thing. lets get the rest of the quote in there. Poopipedia.

[johnkary.net image 439x596]
[Rest of the quote by Sagan]
The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity - in all this vastness - there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. It's been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.

[i.imgur.com image 640x360]

Click for Desktop Size


Kind of puts things in perspective, I may just have a good day now and just laugh at all of the "self important" jerkoffs in my life.
 
2012-06-01 08:40:46 AM

hippyneil: Humanity's high point


..pic of astronaut on the moon..

Not yet, it isn't.
 
2012-06-01 08:41:49 AM

ordinarysteve: Big Ramifications: Prime Minister of America.
[i48.tinypic.com image 300x400]

Link
Yeah but then their 90 year old ex-PM does something like this and all is redeemed


That was farking AWESOME!
 
2012-06-01 08:43:03 AM
I am surprised anyone got past 2 without weeping a little bit.
 
2012-06-01 08:44:51 AM
i.chzbgr.com

Don't have source photo. Wouldn't change it much though.
 
2012-06-01 08:45:32 AM
www.work-killer.com

library.thinkquest.org

1.bp.blogspot.com

media.smashingmagazine.com

media.tumblr.com

www.legendsofamerica.com
 
2012-06-01 08:46:30 AM
That set was pretty heavy on death. I want to put out a request for some hopeful, positive stuff.
 
2012-06-01 08:47:24 AM
www.rjgeib.com
 
2012-06-01 08:48:51 AM

hippyneil: The fact that there are people still dying of starvation and lack of water when we have the resources and capability to prevent it saddens me more than pretty much anything else. Whatever else we may inflict upon each other, the mass denial of such fundamental necessities (and it is denial because we COULD do this but don't because "it's too expensive") should be abhorrent to each and every one of us.


George Carlin does a brilliant bit about "Save the planet" basically "Save the farking planet? We haven't even learned to take care of each other. The planet isn't going anywhere, WE are." There's very little room in the budget for compassion but there's plenty for political favors and defense.

We have met the enemy and he is us.
 
2012-06-01 08:50:55 AM
i48.tinypic.com
 
2012-06-01 08:52:01 AM
The dog ones kill me.
 
2012-06-01 08:53:41 AM
Somebody else already posted this. It's one of the iconic photos showing the horror of war

dl.dropbox.com

The very essence of a powerful photo. You can feel the raw human emotion. Fear, horror, agony...

Yet, you can't tell from the photo itself what has just happened. The poor little girl in the center of the photo's entire back has just been horribly burned when napalm was dropped on her village.

Then there is this shot of this same little girl, now grown with her own child.

dl.dropbox.com

You almost have to see the horror shot from the past to know just how powerful this photo of the present is. Instead of fear and horror we have a parent's love and hope for the future.
 
2012-06-01 08:53:50 AM
Came for 'pale blue dot'. leaving satisfied
 
2012-06-01 08:54:58 AM
Jupiter and Io from the Cassini spacecraft:
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-06-01 08:55:48 AM

ordinarysteve: Big Ramifications: Prime Minister of America.
[i48.tinypic.com image 300x400]

Link
Yeah but then their 90 year old ex-PM does something like this and all is redeemed

~
Testify.

I was thinking exactly that when I was about to hit Add Comment.
 
2012-06-01 08:57:08 AM
I didn't make it past #9
 
2012-06-01 08:57:30 AM
Allergies, pure and simple. I am, after all, a heartless bastard.
/damn pollen
 
2012-06-01 08:58:01 AM

fireclown: hippyneil: Humanity's high point

..pic of astronaut on the moon..

Not yet, it isn't.


I was considering the achievements of our species so far, not what may happen in the future, therefore it IS our highpoint. I think that most people seeing that statement along with the image understand that.
Please go and be pedantic where it matters.
 
2012-06-01 09:02:31 AM
i174.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-01 09:04:37 AM
I have kids and #28 cuts me to the bone.
I feel sick when they are away for the weekend.
I can barely imagine what it would be like to be away for months.
Her pain, and relief shows.
 
2012-06-01 09:06:04 AM
Europa from Voyager 2:
photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov

Europa from Galileo:
apod.nasa.gov
 
2012-06-01 09:06:07 AM
i174.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-01 09:10:16 AM

Party Boy: Pillars of Creation

Click for resize


I had to look that picture up, and I came across this excerpt from the wikipedia page:

"Images of taken with the Spitzer Space Telescope uncovered a cloud of hot dust in the vicinity of the Pillars of Creation that one group interpreted to be a shock wave produced by a supernova. The appearance of the cloud suggests a supernova that would have been seen on Earth as exploding somewhere between 1000 and 2000 years ago, and will hit and destroy the pillars in another 1000 years. Given the distance of roughly 6000 light years to the Pillars of Creation, this would mean that they have actually already been destroyed, but because of the finite speed of light, this destruction is not yet visible on Earth, but should be visible in the next 1000 years." Link

Pillars of Creation, destroyed, existing only as the light they once reflected. Wow. The accuracy of the statement is disputed, but I still find the idea to be quite profound.
 
2012-06-01 09:11:22 AM
I like the idea of having some of the top photos being either powerful people tripping/falling/being idiots/morons and also images of humor or humanity not taking itself so seriously such as the Ron Jeremy picture just posted.
 
2012-06-01 09:12:05 AM
img.photobucket.com

It was initially from the same article as the woman sleeping in front of the coffin, I believe. That was a powerful article.
 
2012-06-01 09:12:13 AM

violentsalvation: French civilian crying is the one that speaks to me the loudest, of this collection.


Does it say, "HaHa! Suck it, Frenchie!"?
 
2012-06-01 09:14:48 AM

The Envoy: BullBearMS: Photos that evoke love, compassion, and joy (for example) can also be quite powerful.

Absolutely. The soldier in #28 is crying with joy and that made me tear up just as much as the ones dealing with loss and grief.

I think the reason that photos dealing with loss, despair, terror, fear etc. are things we as normal people can relate to and have felt in some measure during our lives. Pictures of space, while awe-inspiring, are still slightly removed from us as most of us have no experience of it rather than the knowledge that it's big and it's there.


I'm going to have to agree. My sense of wonder has never once led me to tear up.

That's not from a lack of appreciation of space porn. The Cassini shot that Tastycle just posted is very cool, it's just not going to cause dusty room syndrome for me.
 
2012-06-01 09:16:07 AM
www.stopviolence.com

\hot like Ernie in a bubblebath
 
2012-06-01 09:18:05 AM

RexTalionis: www.rareuniverse.org


That one of the Big European bubble chamber, I just now noticed...I think the band The Strokes used a modified version of it for the alternative cover of Is This It

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-06-01 09:19:54 AM

RexTalionis: I'd post some notable photos that weren't included in this link, but Fark prohibits pictures depicting death or something, so I won't.


post links
 
2012-06-01 09:21:56 AM

Tastycle: I like the idea of having some of the top photos being either powerful people tripping/falling/being idiots/morons and also images of humor or humanity not taking itself so seriously such as the Ron Jeremy picture just posted.


I don't think it necessarily has to be important to be powerful...
 
2012-06-01 09:22:20 AM

Mohammad I'm Hard Bruce Lee: [www.stopviolence.com image 400x579]

\hot like Ernie in a bubblebath


I looked for Bert and Ernie, not sure what else I'm supposed to be seeing in there.
 
2012-06-01 09:22:58 AM
Damn you, Subby. It is way too early for a link to a page this dusty. And what do I find when I come back to the Fark thread for a palate cleanser? More dust.

This is shaping up to be a depressing Friday.
 
2012-06-01 09:27:13 AM
i174.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-01 09:34:32 AM
4.bp.blogspot.com
During Christmas in 1914, the Germans and the Allied troops announced an impromptu truce for the day and exchanged gifts, hung out and played soccer in the "no mans land".
 
2012-06-01 09:34:33 AM
www.rqriley.com
 
2012-06-01 09:35:54 AM
If you find the picture of the prisoner confronting Himmler interesting, read "Do the Birds Still Sing in Hell?"
 
2012-06-01 09:36:32 AM
#20 is begging for "Welcome to Fark" in big, bold print along the bottom. Not checking this thread to see if it's already been done though.

/cause I have 20 more pictures to enjoy.
 
2012-06-01 09:39:45 AM

BullBearMS: I'm going to have to agree. My sense of wonder has never once led me to tear up.

That's not from a lack of appreciation of space porn. The Cassini shot that Tastycle just posted is very cool, it's just not going to cause dusty room syndrome for me.


I don't think the metric should be that the image makes you cry or feel sad but that it invokes a powerful emotion. That can be sadness, horror, despair, etc. but why not also wonder, awe, hysterical laughter, serenity, compassion, empathy, love, solidarity, epiphany, hope, lust, etc.

For some reason this quote from Bukowski pops to mind from Ham on Rye:

"Turgenev was a very serious fellow but he could make me laugh because a truth first encountered can be very funny. When someone else's truth is the same as your truth, and he seems to be saying it just for you, that's great."

I always thought he almost got it right. A truth first encountered often invokes powerful emotions, one of which is humor.
 
2012-06-01 09:49:05 AM
#10.

It gives me hope that religion can actually bring something positive into the world... and then I remember what dicks humans are when they feel they have the omniscient on their side.
 
2012-06-01 09:50:05 AM
#21

Himmler was a tyrant.
 
2012-06-01 09:52:02 AM

coco ebert: Oh, please. I lost it at #8.


Yep, started tearing up at 8, and was pretty much done by 40.

All I can think right now is "Why the fark do we still have war?"
 
2012-06-01 09:58:45 AM
Nice find subby, thanks.

*wipes tears away*
 
2012-06-01 10:00:25 AM
A couple I like

www.studiostratford.co.uk

nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov

extras.mnginteractive.com

#36 always gets me
 
2012-06-01 10:02:45 AM
I really like the photo of the orphan receiving the shoes from the Red Cross. There is something very ... I don't know ... pure about it. Elation at receiving a much needed pair of shoes (they look like nice shoes)? or is it the moment he realized random people he doesn't know and never will give a shiat about orphans and him (I am not alone).
 
2012-06-01 10:04:06 AM

Trail Mix: [www.work-killer.com image 480x381]

[library.thinkquest.org image 475x370]

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 550x374]

[media.smashingmagazine.com image 500x333]

[media.tumblr.com image 500x327]

[www.legendsofamerica.com image 369x500]


All of those should be on that list.
 
2012-06-01 10:06:23 AM

MythDragon: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 614x918]

What? No love for the Afghan girl?


Put it side by side with the later picture when they finally found her as an adult. She'd had a hard life. Before and after in this would be powerful, too.
 
2012-06-01 10:07:28 AM

BullBearMS: Lydia_C: BullBearMS: A shot of the Horsehead Nebula is certainly interesting, but it doesn't stand a chance of connecting to the viewer the way a display of raw human emotion does. At least to those of us with some sense of human empathy.

I dunno, I'm perfectly capable of tearing up in empathy for fellow humans' joy or suffering, as well as the at the beauty and awe of the universe. Maybe those of us who also feel emotions about the latter should feel pity for your inability to widen your perspective, eh?

Maybe so. Hubble porn is interesting to me and can quite often be beautiful and evoke a sense of wonder, but there is not a chance in hell of it ever evoking the same sort of deep emotional response that this image does:

[dl.dropbox.com image 640x433]

That's a shot of an aid worker in Uganda trying to comfort a starving child taken in 1980.



We are such a flawed species, not in the Dawninistic sense, but in the sense that we are so much less than we could be. Even my response to that photo was lacking. Yes I felt shame, and pity, and heartrending sadness, but I also felt such rage...

If you could have crystallized my emotions in the instant I saw that photo just now and extrapolated it over a period of time sufficient to find the people...all the people...responsible for starving that poor child and I would, without hesitation, have killed them all.

My response to tragedy wasn't an immediate impulse to render compassion, it was to impose revenge.

I don't think we have even come close to plumbing the depths of our own depravity.

Thank you for farking my Friday subby.
 
2012-06-01 10:08:15 AM
Meant to include this as a link, sorry: Afghan girl found.
 
2012-06-01 10:09:16 AM

ansius: I saw this the other day on the NYtimes blog site. I agree with the author, this image gets me.



click here for back story, it pops


The image didn't get me until I clicked on the link and read the story. I didn't just tear up, but had full on tears running down.
 
2012-06-01 10:11:26 AM

hippyneil: mytdawg: hippyneil: Humanity's low point

We're not done yet, we can top that.

hippyneil: Humanity's high point

We are done, we won't top that.

/bright ray of sunshine

The fact that there are people still dying of starvation and lack of water when we have the resources and capability to prevent it saddens me more than pretty much anything else. Whatever else we may inflict upon each other, the mass denial of such fundamental necessities (and it is denial because we COULD do this but don't because "it's too expensive") should be abhorrent to each and every one of us.


It's too expensive is a completely justifiable excuse.

Should you give a donated organ to a 90 yr old or a 20 yr old?

Do you assign doctors to ER patients in a one to one ratio?

Do you risk the lives of paramedics by sending them out in the middle of a hurricane?

Would you spend every resource the US has to intervene in a civil war ?


We may not like that we are forced to make decisions, but it is not evil to consider cost and consider efficiency.
 
2012-06-01 10:11:28 AM

Tastycle: I don't think the metric should be that the image makes you cry or feel sad but that it invokes a powerful emotion.


Have you noticed that the topic is photos that make the room all dusty?

Speaking of photos that make the room dusty, here is a Pulitzer prize winning series of photos of a mother in the process of loosing her child to cancer.

Be sure to turn on the captions, and you have never cried so much over a series of static images in your life.
 
2012-06-01 10:13:38 AM

Warthog: I don't know what criteria they used, but the permanent collection of Pulitzer Prize winning photographs at the Newseum in Washington is a better compilation. Anyone who likes this and who happens to make it to D.C. needs to check it out.

Some of the more recent pictures here are moving, but they're not timeless -- see the frankly generic photo of the tornado victim with his dog. They include that, but other important pictures I'd have expected to see aren't there. For example, no list like this is complete without Nick Ut's picture of the burning girl in Vietnam. And what about the firefighter carrying the body of the little girl from the day care center after the Oklahoma City bombing?

And if they're going to include shots without people, like their one of the Earth from the Moon, then what about the photo of the mushroom cloud over Hiroshima or the shot from Brooklyn of the UA 767 about to hit the south tower at the WTC?


Yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes.

I live in DC, and make it to the exhibit at least once a year. It is my favorite exhibit, of any museum, of all time. Whoever put that together deserves a Pulitzer of their own.

If you are in DC, you MUST visit this place.
 
2012-06-01 10:15:06 AM

BullBearMS: loosing losing her child


Yeesh.
 
2012-06-01 10:15:52 AM
Not that they are bad photos. Some of them are awesome. But some of them needed a caption before you could understand wtf was going on. And that kind of picture I would not put in a top 40 powerful photo list.
 
2012-06-01 10:17:48 AM

BullBearMS: Tastycle: I don't think the metric should be that the image makes you cry or feel sad but that it invokes a powerful emotion.

Have you noticed that the topic is photos that make the room all dusty?

Speaking of photos that make the room dusty, here is a Pulitzer prize winning series of photos of a mother in the process of loosing her child to cancer.

Be sure to turn on the captions, and you have never cried so much over a series of static images in your life.


Why the fark do I keep clicking on these... Jesus.

I mean... Good pictures.
 
2012-06-01 10:18:38 AM
www.pbs.org
What about the last performance of Ruby and the Oswalds?
 
2012-06-01 10:24:51 AM

BullBearMS: Tastycle: I don't think the metric should be that the image makes you cry or feel sad but that it invokes a powerful emotion.

Have you noticed that the topic is photos that make the room all dusty?

Speaking of photos that make the room dusty, here is a Pulitzer prize winning series of photos of a mother in the process of loosing her child to cancer.

Be sure to turn on the captions, and you have never cried so much over a series of static images in your life.


That broke me.
 
2012-06-01 10:25:18 AM
awesome how in 16 the mother is "comforting" the son... who cant be bothered to stop texting.
 
2012-06-01 10:28:13 AM
SWEET!! you can see up the dress of the woman in 25
 
2012-06-01 10:31:23 AM
I didn't click, is the first pics from the death camps in there? That one gets me every time.

I don't need any more crying today. I just sent my daughter off this morning to her first ever sleep away camp. That's enough for one day.

Thanks anyway, subby.
 
2012-06-01 10:35:53 AM

I eat mop: #10.

It gives me hope that religion can actually bring something positive into the world... and then I remember what dicks humans are when they feel they have the omniscient on their side.


Humans can and will be vile even after the only hint of religion is in dusty history books.

Sociopaths have no need of a belief in manifest destiny to be what they are. Hatred and greed require no religious justification. Nor does a lack of religion reduce the potential for violence.

That doesnt lessen the evils commited in the name of god.
 
2012-06-01 10:36:54 AM

BullBearMS: Have you noticed that the topic is photos that make the room all dusty?


The title references "powerful photographs." Ones that make you cry are but a subset of that.
 
2012-06-01 10:39:11 AM
Needs more silly...

i174.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-01 10:46:31 AM

Bathia_Mapes: coco ebert: Oh, please. I lost it at #8.

I didn't even make it that far before I was crying. #6 did me in.

Beautiful set of photos, subby. Great find.


Yeah, I started tearing up at #6 too. Great pics, subby!


/no Kent State shootings pic with the runaway girl crouching over one of the victims?
 
2012-06-01 10:53:59 AM

The Envoy: BullBearMS: Tastycle: I don't think the metric should be that the image makes you cry or feel sad but that it invokes a powerful emotion.

Have you noticed that the topic is photos that make the room all dusty?

Speaking of photos that make the room dusty, here is a Pulitzer prize winning series of photos of a mother in the process of losing her child to cancer.

Be sure to turn on the captions, and you have never cried so much over a series of static images in your life.

That broke me.


If that series of photos doesn't lead to some full on boo hoo action, then I don't want to know the person doing the viewing.

One of the ways to define a person as being a psychopath is that they are incapable of putting themselves in the place of others or empathizing with other people's emotional state.

If you can cry over another person's joy or pain, you're a better person for it.
 
2012-06-01 10:55:54 AM

mytdawg: Needs more silly...

[i174.photobucket.com image 600x398]



My son used that pic as the backdrop for his triops tank.
 
2012-06-01 10:57:03 AM
Even with Subby's warning, and already having been deeply affected by many of the pictures (the mist arrived at #8)... #36 hit me like a ton of bricks. I was definitely tenderized by the elation in the background woman's face as she realized she'd been liberated from the death train, the dog pictures, the rescued baby, you name it, but I actually had to skip 36 quickly and come back.

I don't know if anything affects me as deeply as the presentation of the flag at a military funeral. All the sacrifice of a military family coalesced into one folded, triangular bundle of cloth bestowed upon those that didn't volunteer in the first place. I don't know how the Arlington Honor Guard does it, though it makes sense that they use such junior guys for the detail... they hopefully don't understand.

And then someone posted the photo essay of the child dying of cancer. Additional tons of bricks.

I am left wondering where dad was, which added a black soup of rage to the sorrow.
 
2012-06-01 11:00:25 AM

ansius: I saw this the other day on the NYtimes blog site. I agree with the author, this image gets me.



click here for back story, it pops


Gee thanks.... My kids are around. They don't understand 'dust.'
 
2012-06-01 11:01:06 AM
For me it has been and likely always will be this one:

farm4.static.flickr.com

Something about the look on the fireman's face and the tiny little socks.
 
2012-06-01 11:03:04 AM
No. 13 (the boy reaching for his father marching off to war) always gets me. My father was about the same age as the boy in the picture and his dad (who was in the RCAF) was killed in 1942. He never really got over the loss.
 
2012-06-01 11:11:58 AM

Blues_X: mytdawg: Needs more silly...

[i174.photobucket.com image 600x398]


My son used that pic as the backdrop for his triops tank.


That would be very cool. I find a lot of dog pictures convey bemusement, wonderment or just plain adoration. Can't say if it's real or imagined but I'm quite drawn to even the simplest of them.

i174.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-01 11:14:53 AM

Warthog: For me it has been and likely always will be this one:

[farm4.static.flickr.com image 394x500]

Something about the look on the fireman's face and the tiny little socks.


That one is tough.
 
2012-06-01 11:17:30 AM
Sgt Graunke, who was a member of a Marine ordnance-disposal team, lost a hand, leg, and eye while defusing a bomb in Iraq in July of 2004.

On a purely technical note, shouldn't it say "while attempting to defuse a bomb?"
 
2012-06-01 11:30:42 AM
#36
 
2012-06-01 11:31:38 AM

lobotomy survivor: Sgt Graunke, who was a member of a Marine ordnance-disposal team, lost a hand, leg, and eye while defusing a bomb in Iraq in July of 2004.

On a purely technical note, shouldn't it say "while attempting to defuse a bomb?"


The bomb ended up without a fuse. He defused it. The hard way.
 
2012-06-01 11:32:36 AM

RexTalionis: [johnkary.net image 439x596]

And, of course, there's my favorite picture of them all.


Came for pale blue dot. Leaving satisfied.

None of us will ever know the feelings of the people in #8. Or at least I hope we never do.
 
2012-06-01 11:35:33 AM
This is definitely a bookmark. Can't really load the page on my phone, but just the ones linked in these comments got me all sentimental.
 
2012-06-01 11:37:26 AM
I got to picture 21 before the dust brought me low
 
2012-06-01 11:38:24 AM

Blues_X: My son used that pic as the backdrop for his triops tank.


weirdly, I just made that pic my PCs wallpaper, and have a new dish 'o Triops to the immediate right of the screen.



/CSB
//Triops are badass.
 
2012-06-01 11:39:35 AM
i.chzbgr.com

Even my momma sez I ain't right.
 
2012-06-01 11:39:53 AM
28 did me in. There is almost too much emotion for a simple photograph to capture.

31 was also interesting, if only because it was taken leading up to one of my favorite photoes, Tank Man (#30)
 
2012-06-01 11:43:07 AM

BullBearMS: Tastycle: I don't think the metric should be that the image makes you cry or feel sad but that it invokes a powerful emotion.

Have you noticed that the topic is photos that make the room all dusty?

Speaking of photos that make the room dusty, here is a Pulitzer prize winning series of photos of a mother in the process of loosing her child to cancer.

Be sure to turn on the captions, and you have never cried so much over a series of static images in your life.


Watching someone you love die of cancer is something I would never wish on my worst enemy. I lost one of my best friends last year to cancer, he was 23. Started out as melanoma and spread to his bones, lungs, and brain. He was doing great with his cancer treatments, until one day while leaving for a checkup, he fell, and his leg shattered. That was enough for his body to just give up fighting the cancer. The rapid decline after that and up to his death was extremely painful. Being such close friends with him and his wife (they were there as support for me through my divorce), I drove her up to the hospice every single day, so she wouldn't have to worry about driving. I remember him making me promise him that she would always have something to laugh about (I'm the 'comedian' of our circle of friends), and that I would look out for her. A few days later, he died. I got the call at 5:30am, and knew immediately what the call was about. I cried for about an hour or so.

The funeral was simple, and beautiful. I helped carry him to his final services. Afterwards, we had a wake for him in the same place he and his wife were married. It was a lot of remembering the good times, some of his movie posters were there, his lego collection, various other things he loved. I'll never forget the speech one of our friends gave us, and right in the middle of the speech, at the most tear jerker part of it, my phone goes off with a random weather warning. I had put it on silent, but I like to thing that was his doing, trying to break up the sadness. It worked, especially when his wife called out "Thanks, Reid, for breaking that up".

I'm still very close to his wife, and we hang out a lot, I am thankful for her dipping her toes back in the dating pool. I like the guy she is currently seeing, he's a good man. And he's incredibly respectful of the pain she went through.

But yeah, cancer? I wouldn't wish that on anyone.
 
2012-06-01 11:46:31 AM

Thunderboy: JohnCarter: I'll just leave this here

(IwoJima.jpg)

Learning that that photo was staged kind of bummed me out.


No it wasn't; it was just the second flag that was raised that day. As Rosenthal once said, "If I was going to stage it, I would have had them all facing the camera."

And my contribution - another use of the American Flag:

enticingthelight.com

The Soiling Of Old Glory
 
2012-06-01 12:00:54 PM
Some great pictures in the list, Subby. Great find!

#28, #33, #36 all rip my heart out.

Some even better ones in this thread. Man, it's dusty as hell in here.
 
2012-06-01 12:08:18 PM
Late to the party but that was some weapons grade dust there subby.
 
2012-06-01 12:14:37 PM
CSB

November 10, 2008. St. Joseph, Missouri - Long backstory short, a whack job with 5 or so guns, several pounds on ammo strapped to his body, and some unknown axe to grind started walking down one of the main streets in town, randomly shooting people. He was shot square in the forehead, but only after wounding 3 people and killing a young police officer. No one had any clue who this guy was.

I was married to an editor at the local paper at that time, and I remember going to the newsroom that night to bring the staff coffee while they reworked the entire paper. There was a HUGE debate over one particular, gruesome, and amazing photograph a senior photog got: Moments after the cops delivered the kill shot to insane gunman, a pic got snapped. Gumman's lying, eyes open, seemingly staring squarely at the camera by intention, full ammo still strapped to him, single, perfectly placed bullet hole square in the forehead, mouth open, and serenely framed in a grassy yard with full autumn colors blazing around the greenish grass. The normalcy and stillness of the surroundings played off the (Now dead) man's stillness, and the utter violence that wrapped him up was jarring and surreal.

He had no ID on him at the time he was taken down, and no one had any idea who he was. The paper's decision was made to run the grizzly pic, but in black and white, mainly because, at that point, there was no clue who this guy was, and the hope was that the pic could at least bring out a friend or relative to help ID the psycho. But, it wasn't kept quiet that it was a helluva good photograph. The morning's paper was delivered, and the pic helped determine that insane gunman's name was William E. Lattin Jr.

That pic still sends chills up my spine when I think about it.
 
2012-06-01 12:17:00 PM
Something is missing from this thread... Oh yeah...


i174.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-01 12:18:02 PM
Only made it thru it 13 before the dust had to be cleared
 
2012-06-01 12:22:33 PM
i174.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-01 12:28:02 PM
Would also be remiss without some Arbus.

i174.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-01 12:28:19 PM
#2 gave me a good kick in the slats.
 
2012-06-01 12:32:00 PM

cockrock2000:

i46.tinypic.com

The Soiling Of My Reg Grundies

~

i48.tinypic.com
 
2012-06-01 12:38:09 PM
32 got me right in the face
 
2012-06-01 12:39:18 PM
I was doing pretty well until 28. And then 36 sealed my fate.

Seeing kids cry is one thing. But seeing a kid try very hard to be stone-faced and strong and not cry is what really kills me.
 
2012-06-01 12:53:16 PM

WarszawaScream: I was doing pretty well until 28. And then 36 sealed my fate.

Seeing kids cry is one thing. But seeing a kid try very hard to be stone-faced and strong and not cry is what really kills me.


Agreed. The shear amount of strength that it took for him to not be a mess at that moment blows my mind. It looks as if at any moment, the facade will crack and his true emotions will come rushing out.
 
2012-06-01 12:56:51 PM
i172.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-01 01:02:02 PM

puckrock2000: Thunderboy: JohnCarter: I'll just leave this here

(IwoJima.jpg)

Learning that that photo was staged kind of bummed me out.

No it wasn't; it was just the second flag that was raised that day. As Rosenthal once said, "If I was going to stage it, I would have had them all facing the camera."


Weird - I clearly recall reading a few accounts to the contrary. But as with so much of history, it seems as though miscommunication/misunderstanding has clouded things a bit. Thanks for the clarification - I can see that photo now with new eyes.
 
2012-06-01 01:03:42 PM
I'm an emotional train wreck these days anyhow, looking at these pics at work is doing nothing for my macho image.

I need to go watch some MMA videos or something.
 
2012-06-01 01:12:43 PM
i174.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-01 01:19:13 PM

BullBearMS: Speaking of photos that make the room dusty, here is a Pulitzer prize winning series of photos of a mother in the process of loosing her child to cancer.

Be sure to turn on the captions, and you have never cried so much over a series of static images in your life.


Holy FARK.

Going to go hide in my car for a few minutes so no one sees me bawl like a biatch.

/fark cancer
 
2012-06-01 01:22:01 PM

BeatrixK: CSB

November 10, 2008. St. Joseph, Missouri - Long backstory short, a whack job with 5 or so guns, several pounds on ammo strapped to his body, and some unknown axe to grind started walking down one of the main streets in town, randomly shooting people. He was shot square in the forehead, but only after wounding 3 people and killing a young police officer. No one had any clue who this guy was.

I was married to an editor at the local paper at that time, and I remember going to the newsroom that night to bring the staff coffee while they reworked the entire paper. There was a HUGE debate over one particular, gruesome, and amazing photograph a senior photog got: Moments after the cops delivered the kill shot to insane gunman, a pic got snapped. Gumman's lying, eyes open, seemingly staring squarely at the camera by intention, full ammo still strapped to him, single, perfectly placed bullet hole square in the forehead, mouth open, and serenely framed in a grassy yard with full autumn colors blazing around the greenish grass. The normalcy and stillness of the surroundings played off the (Now dead) man's stillness, and the utter violence that wrapped him up was jarring and surreal.

He had no ID on him at the time he was taken down, and no one had any idea who he was. The paper's decision was made to run the grizzly pic, but in black and white, mainly because, at that point, there was no clue who this guy was, and the hope was that the pic could at least bring out a friend or relative to help ID the psycho. But, it wasn't kept quiet that it was a helluva good photograph. The morning's paper was delivered, and the pic helped determine that insane gunman's name was William E. Lattin Jr.

That pic still sends chills up my spine when I think about it.


1998 maybe?

t3.gstatic.com
 
2012-06-01 01:22:51 PM

hippyneil: Humanity's low point
[mukto-mona.net image 556x698]


Humanity's high point
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wtf?

the photographer 'left the area' after taking the photo????

no.. you wouldn't want to help the starving child in front of you.

no great loss that he killed himself.
 
2012-06-01 01:32:45 PM

inner ted: wtf?

the photographer 'left the area' after taking the photo????


What was he supposed to do?
 
2012-06-01 01:40:43 PM
What's the obsession with dogs all about?

21 is my favourite. Defiance.
 
2012-06-01 01:43:39 PM

mytdawg: William E. Lattin Jr


Link to the actual newspaper picture?
 
2012-06-01 01:51:06 PM

Warthog: For me it has been and likely always will be this one:

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Something about the look on the fireman's face and the tiny little socks.


One more ton of bricks, that.

inner ted: the photographer 'left the area' after taking the photo????

no.. you wouldn't want to help the starving child in front of you.


Pretty heady stuff; I wonder if he was surrounded by this type of suffering... like the kid in that picture was one of many and the photographer was overwhelmed. That he left the area may have been a direct response to his powerlessness... which would fit with the eventual suicide.

I'm a helpful person and have proven so many times, but I can't imagine seeing what that guy saw. I'd like to think I would have carried that baby to the relief workers, hoping someone might be able to actually help him. But that's thinking with a clear mind, not one surrounded by unbelievable sorrow.
 
2012-06-01 01:52:25 PM

brapbrapbrap: What's the obsession with dogs all about?


You either have it or you don't. I don't think you can explain it. Some of us relate to dogs on a very basic level.

/not like that you pervs.
 
2012-06-01 01:53:43 PM

greenboy: mytdawg: William E. Lattin Jr

Link to the actual newspaper picture?


Only GIS I could find that seemed related and the dates were exactly 10 years off.
 
2012-06-01 02:03:47 PM
thetoolsman.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-06-01 02:05:15 PM

mytdawg: greenboy: mytdawg: William E. Lattin Jr

Link to the actual newspaper picture?

Only GIS I could find that seemed related and the dates were exactly 10 years off.


Yeah...1998. Had a brain freeze when typing.

Searched the paper's site, but they must not have the pic archived online. Still creeps me out thinking of those eyes staring straight into the camera.
 
2012-06-01 02:27:37 PM
i174.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-01 02:38:42 PM

BullBearMS: Tastycle: I don't think the metric should be that the image makes you cry or feel sad but that it invokes a powerful emotion.

Have you noticed that the topic is photos that make the room all dusty?

Speaking of photos that make the room dusty, here is a Pulitzer prize winning series of photos of a mother in the process of loosing her child to cancer.

Be sure to turn on the captions, and you have never cried so much over a series of static images in your life.


Jesus... fark some goddamn cancer.
 
2012-06-01 03:00:33 PM
This is clearly liberal propaganda. Where are the pictures glorifying war?
 
2012-06-01 03:10:27 PM

Voiceofreason01: inner ted: wtf?

the photographer 'left the area' after taking the photo????

What was he supposed to do?


hmm... that's a tough one isn't it???

wait i know, how bout take your head out of your ass, pick up the kid and take him to the 'nearby aid station' that he was apparently crawling towards.

christ, is it really that hard to figure out?

/o ya, this is fark. nevermind.
 
2012-06-01 03:13:53 PM

ansius: I saw this the other day on the NYtimes blog site. I agree with the author, this image gets me.

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click here for back story, it pops


Read it in its entirety, very moving story. The men who break the bad news to the next of kin have got to have one of the hardest tasks in the world.
 
2012-06-01 03:18:04 PM

The First Four Black Sabbath Albums: This is clearly liberal propaganda. Where are the pictures glorifying war?


Will this do?

i174.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-01 03:19:38 PM

factoryconnection: Warthog: For me it has been and likely always will be this one:

[farm4.static.flickr.com image 394x500]

Something about the look on the fireman's face and the tiny little socks.

One more ton of bricks, that.

inner ted: the photographer 'left the area' after taking the photo????

no.. you wouldn't want to help the starving child in front of you.

Pretty heady stuff; I wonder if he was surrounded by this type of suffering... like the kid in that picture was one of many and the photographer was overwhelmed. That he left the area may have been a direct response to his powerlessness... which would fit with the eventual suicide.

I'm a helpful person and have proven so many times, but I can't imagine seeing what that guy saw. I'd like to think I would have carried that baby to the relief workers, hoping someone might be able to actually help him. But that's thinking with a clear mind, not one surrounded by unbelievable sorrow.


kudos to you for actually making an intelligent argument.

& i hear you, trauma can result in lots of odd behavior.

but i can't help but think that if you have the mental capacity to note a horrible situation ---- then photograph it ---- that you are operating with enough mental faculty to try and do something about it.

especially when that action is as simple as picking up a starving baby and walk over to the nearby aid station.

it's not the same as photographing a viet cong shooting some poor bastard & being admonished for not jumping in to stop it. obviously there is a lot of personal & unreasonable risk to do such a thing.

but pick up a starving infant and walk over to an aid station is too much ???

pardon, but that's retarded & he should have felt like a piece of dirt.
 
2012-06-01 03:24:52 PM
Here's some pro-war stuff that can't be resisted. Sadly it wasn't.

i174.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-01 03:28:25 PM

Warthog: For example, no list like this is complete without Nick Ut's picture of the burning girl in Vietnam.


As it turns out she is doing fine today.
 
2012-06-01 03:34:11 PM

inner ted:

but pick up a starving infant and walk over to an aid station is too much ???

pardon, but that's retarded & he should have felt like a piece of dirt.


His wikipedia page has more information:


the United Nations aboard Operation Lifeline Sudan and landed in Southern Sudan on March 11, 1993. The UN told them that they would take off again in 30 minutes (the time necessary to distribute food), so they ran around looking to take shots. The UN started to distribute corn and the women of the village came out of their wooden huts to meet the plane.

Again according to Silva, Carter was quite shocked as it was the first time that he had seen a famine situation and so he took many shots of the children suffering from famine. Silva also started to take photos of children on the ground as if crying, which were not published. The parents of the children were busy taking food from the plane, so they had left their children only briefly while they collected the food. This was the situation for the girl in the photo taken by Carter. A vulture landed behind the girl. To get the two in focus, Carter approached the scene very slowly so as not to scare the vulture away and took a photo from approximately 10 metres. He took a few more photos before chasing the bird away.

Two Spanish photographers who were in the same area at that time, José María Luis Arenzana and Luis Davilla, without knowing the photograph of Kevin Carter, took a picture in a similar situation. As recounted on several occasions, it was a feeding center, and the vultures came from a manure pit waste:

"We took him and Pepe Arenzana to Ayod, where most of the time were in a feeding center where locals go. At one end of the enclosure, was a dump where waste and was pulling people to defecate. As these children are so weak and malnourished they are going head giving the impression that they are dead. As part of the fauna there are vultures go for these remains. So if you grab a telephoto crush the child's perspective in the foreground and background and it seems that the vultures will eat it, but that's an absolute hoax, perhaps the animal is 20 meters."


So it sounds like he wasn't just watching gleefully as this girl crawled her to way to the finish line. She was milling about while her parents collected food.
 
2012-06-01 03:35:20 PM

mytdawg: Here's some pro-war stuff that can't be resisted. Sadly it wasn't.

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This image saddens me more than all the others. A pathetic symbol of our inability to learn and do the noble thing. We turned it into a clusterfark of unrelated and undeserved mayhem and bankrupted ourselves while making very wealthy people out of unscrupulous profiteers. An indelible icon of the worst robbery of the American people by any administration ever and our never ending quest for mutual destruction and profit at any cost.

fark it, I'm going drinking. Peace out.

Another Way to Die
 
2012-06-01 03:47:17 PM

inner ted: wait i know, how bout take your head out of your ass, pick up the kid and take him to the 'nearby aid station' that he was apparently crawling towards.

christ, is it really that hard to figure out?


I know it's hard to accept but what makes you think that would help?
 
2012-06-01 04:27:10 PM

BullBearMS: Tastycle: I don't think the metric should be that the image makes you cry or feel sad but that it invokes a powerful emotion.

Have you noticed that the topic is photos that make the room all dusty?

Speaking of photos that make the room dusty, here is a Pulitzer prize winning series of photos of a mother in the process of loosing her child to cancer.

Be sure to turn on the captions, and you have never cried so much over a series of static images in your life.


Damn you, damn you so much. I was fine til I got to that set. Damnit.

/dad and mom still both have cancer
//brother has cancer
///lost all grandparents to cancer
////fark cancer
 
2012-06-01 04:29:01 PM
It should be noted that not a single one of these pictures features a cat. Proof that cats have no souls.

/score one for man's best friend.
 
2012-06-01 04:50:04 PM

MythDragon: moike: [www.motorcycleclassics.com image 640x515]

Rollie Free busting out 150.3mph on the salt in1948. On his Vincent in nothing but a speedo and the weight of his massive brass balls over the rear wheel for added traction.

Big deal. I broke his record in 2002 by going 155 on FL-85n. Fully clothed.


The current motorcycle land speed record is 376.363 mph. Let me know when you break that one.
 
2012-06-01 06:23:29 PM

scubamage: BullBearMS: Tastycle: I don't think the metric should be that the image makes you cry or feel sad but that it invokes a powerful emotion.

Have you noticed that the topic is photos that make the room all dusty?

Speaking of photos that make the room dusty, here is a Pulitzer prize winning series of photos of a mother in the process of loosing her child to cancer.

Be sure to turn on the captions, and you have never cried so much over a series of static images in your life.

Damn you, damn you so much. I was fine til I got to that set. Damnit.

/dad and mom still both have cancer
//brother has cancer
///lost all grandparents to cancer
////fark cancer


Cancer sucks.
 
2012-06-01 07:04:52 PM
#20 made me laugh. Maybe the Frenchies should have fought instead of cried.
 
2012-06-01 07:29:08 PM

kim jong-un: hippyneil: mytdawg: hippyneil: Humanity's low point

We may not like that we are forced to make decisions, but it is not evil to consider cost and consider efficiency.


Profit before people; I didn't say it was evil, it should abhorrent. Our species has the ability to clothe, feed and water every single one of us, yet we choose not too. We choose religion, politics, war, commercialism... all of that is a choice we make as individuals and as a species. If we are to become the caring, happy society we think we are, we need to make some very different decisions.
But that's not going to happen, I think conflict is as much a part of our genetic make-up as altruism is.
 
2012-06-01 08:42:32 PM
i still absolutely love this lil guy..
www.washingtonpost.com
 
2012-06-01 09:56:25 PM
Goddamn it, subby... I made it just as far as you did, then melted into a puddle of tears. A blubbering, sniffling, puddle of sadness for that brave little boy.
 
2012-06-01 10:40:00 PM
This is the Japan tsunami one that always hit me hardest.

www.fungur.com
 
2012-06-02 05:26:44 AM

wippit: Since Fark probably won't let me post the pic, but I invite everyone to GIS for it....


Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc self-immolates at a busy intersection in Saigon to protest the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government (the good guys, as it were)


That's a very memorable picture, but you were wise not to post it.
 
2012-06-02 05:45:30 AM

Bathia_Mapes: wippit: Since Fark probably won't let me post the pic, but I invite everyone to GIS for it....


Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc self-immolates at a busy intersection in Saigon to protest the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government (the good guys, as it were)

That's a very memorable picture, but you were wise not to post it.


Why? It's been sitting up there for a day now.
 
2012-06-02 09:31:47 AM

BeatrixK: mytdawg: greenboy: mytdawg: William E. Lattin Jr

Link to the actual newspaper picture?

Only GIS I could find that seemed related and the dates were exactly 10 years off.

Yeah...1998. Had a brain freeze when typing.

Searched the paper's site, but they must not have the pic archived online. Still creeps me out thinking of those eyes staring straight into the camera.


Closest I could find to the pic you describe:
Link
 
2012-06-02 03:29:29 PM

BullBearMS: Somebody else already posted this. It's one of the iconic photos showing the horror of war

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The very essence of a powerful photo. You can feel the raw human emotion. Fear, horror, agony...

Yet, you can't tell from the photo itself what has just happened. The poor little girl in the center of the photo's entire back has just been horribly burned when napalm was dropped on her village.

Then there is this shot of this same little girl, now grown with her own child.

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You almost have to see the horror shot from the past to know just how powerful this photo of the present is. Instead of fear and horror we have a parent's love and hope for the future.


This is why you are one of the few on my favorite's list. Poignant and exceptionally apt.
 
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