On this camera day let’s remember the iconic photographs and the photographers and cameras that captured them. We all know a picture is worth a thousand words but these pictures describe the history, highlighting the misery of human beings around the world’s, expressing that this world is not a safe place from the beginning.
“Earthrise” By William Anders, 1968 / Modified Hasselblad 500 El
On December 24, 1968, William Andres captured this photo of the earth and some surface of the moon during the Apollo 8 mission. Nature photographer Galen Rowell called it, “the most influential environmental photograph ever taken.”
“Burning Monk” By Malcolm Browne, 1963 / Petri
While protesting the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government on June 11 1963, Thích Quảng Đức, a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk burned himself to death at a busy Saigon road. This photograph brought attention to the policies of the Diệm government. John F. Kennedy said, “No news picture in history has generated so much emotion around the world as that one.” Malcolm Browne won a Pulitzer Prize for his photograph of the monk’s death.
“Afghan Girl” By Steve McCurry, 1984 / Nikon Fm2
A photojournalist, Steve McCurry captured this photographic portrait of Sharbat Bibi which appeared on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic. She was a Pashtun child who was living in the Nasir Bagh refugee camp in Pakistan during the time of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
Lyle Owerko, 2001 / Fuji 645zi
Filmmaker and photographer Lyle Owerko whose work ranged from Sundance Channel to Time to MTV captured the terrible events of 9/11 in 2001 using a Fuji 645zi camera with a 35mm. Owerko exclaims. “Because I had been to Tanzania I had a 400mm lens in my bag and I switched my 35 and I started photographing these people in the last moments of their lives.” One of the photos he took that day even made it to the cover of TIME magazine.
“The Hindenburg Disaster” By Sam Shere, 1937 / Speed Graphic
The Hindenburg disaster occurred on May 6, 1937, in Manchester Township, New Jersey, United States. The German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed during its attempt to dock with its mooring mast at Naval Air Station Lakehurst.
“Migrant Mother” By Dorothea Lange, 1936 / Graflex Super D
According to Moma learning, “Dorothea Lange took this photograph in 1936, while employed by the U.S. government’s Farm Security Administration (FSA) program, formed during the Great Depression to raise awareness of and provide aid to impoverished farmers. In Nipomo, California, Lange came across Florence Owens Thompson and her children in a camp filled with field workers whose livelihoods were devastated by the failure of the pea crops.”
“The Terror of War” By Nick Ut, 1972 / Leica M3
Huỳnh Công Út, won both the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography and the 1973 World Press Photo of the Year for “The Terror of War”, portraying children running from a napalm bombing during the Vietnam War. His best-known photo on June 8, 1972, features a naked 9-year-old girl, Phan Thị Kim Phúc, running toward the camera from a South Vietnamese napalm strike that mistakenly hit Trảng Bàng village instead of nearby North Vietnamese troops.