And time stood still: Pictures that Changed The Course Of History


Some moments in life are so poignant and emotional they make time stand still.

This incredible collection of photographs represents the joy, innocence, despair, curiosity, and undying perseverance within all of us. No matter where you’re from, these are the emotions that unite us – it’s what makes us human. We have attempted to capture this spirit in these 25 truly remarkable moments in history – be warned, many of these images make for incredibly hard viewing.

1. A Jewish woman defying Israeli security forces as they remove illegal settlers in the West Bank

power of one

2. Soviet Union soldiers raising their flag on the roof of Reichstag building in Berlin in 1945

Le drapeau de la victoire

3. The 13-year old had been trapped in water and concrete for 3 days. The picture was taken shortly before she died


4. Segregated water fountains in North Carolina


5. 1994 “Pulitzer Prize” winning photo taken during the Sudan Famine. No one knows what happened to the child, including the photographer Kevin Carter who left the place as soon as the photograph was taken. Three months later he committed suicide due to depression

sudan famine

6. The afghan girl, picture shot by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry. She was approximately 12 years old at the time – she made it on the cover of National Geographic next year

afghan girl 1984

7.  Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk from Vietnam, burned himself to death at a busy intersection in downtown Saigon to bring attention to the repressive policies of the Catholic Diem regime


8. Arguably the most famous photo of all time. A Chinese student tries to stop army tanks in Tiananmen Square 

tinanmen square

9. The photograph depicts 11 men eating lunch, seated on a girder with their feet dangling hundreds of feet above the New York City streets

lunch on skyscraper

10. After capturing and executing Che in 1967 the executioners took a group photo with the body, to demonstrate to the people that EL GRAN CHE is dead

Corpse Of Che Guevara

11. Award winning photo showing an Iraqi man comforting his son at a holding centre for prisoners of war in An Najaf, Iraq

hooded iraqi

12. Famous photograph of Tupac Shakur and Suge Knight just moments before the fatal shooting


13. A Brazilian protester stands before gunfire during protests against corruption and police brutality

brazil protests

14. A Rwandan boy left scarred after being liberated from a death camp

rwandan scars

15. A boy crosses a London street in the 1960s with a toy double decker

london buses

16. The child of a KKK member touches his reflection in an African American police officer’s riot shield during a demonstration

kkk child

17. 100,000 monks in prayer for a better world

100000 monks

18. A Mursi tribe woman discovers Vogue magazine in Ethiopia


19. Dr. Religa monitors his patient’s vitals after a 23 hour heart transplant. His assistant is sleeping in the corner

doctor heart surgery

20. The tattoo of wounded soldier Kyle Hockenberry becomes truth


21. Raising of the flag at Iwo Jima

flag at iow jima

22. The heart-wrenching moment a starving boy put his hand out to a missionary 

starving boy

23. An  alcoholic father being hauled up by his son

alcoholic father

24. Man Falling from the World Trade Centre on 9/11.

falling man

25. An Afghan man offers tea to soldiers

tea soldiers

There are many other photos that we could have selected for this list but in the end, there is something truly remarkable about each one of these 25. The courage, bravery and compassion displayed in these images is heart-warming, please share so that more people are made aware of the tremendous feats human beings are capable of.




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