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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.
 
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