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(Buzzfeed)   40 of the most powerful photographs ever taken. Subby made it to #36 before it got way too dusty   (buzzfeed.com) divider line 281
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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

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