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mark s - on 10 Nov 2013
its a hard one to choose just one.i dont think a great pic has to be in perfect focus or composed just right.its what the pic says.
this has to be one of if not my favorite.
there are lots out there that stop you in your tracks.
what are yours?
http://www.relativelyinteresting.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/earthrise-apollo8.jpg
abseil on 10 Nov 2013
In reply to mark s:

I don't know about the greatest but I like this one:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Burst_of_Joy.jpg

("Robert L. Stirm being reunited with his family, after spending more than five years in captivity as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam")
shaggypops - on 10 Nov 2013
gunit1996 - on 10 Nov 2013
In reply to mark s: I like this one because every other human who is living or has lived is in this photo apart from Michael Collins.
http://www.sciencebuzz.org/sites/default/files/images/lunar_module_earth_moon.jpg
Chris Harris - on 10 Nov 2013
winhill - on 10 Nov 2013
Giles Davis - on 10 Nov 2013
Giles Davis - on 10 Nov 2013
In reply to Giles Davis:

Or possibly the picture of the Vietnamese children running down the road after their village had been napalmed.
felt - on 10 Nov 2013
ablackett - on 10 Nov 2013
Welsh Kate - on 10 Nov 2013
In reply to Giles Davis:

Indeed. And when Abseil posted his Burst of Joy choice
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Burst_of_Joy.jpg

the photo of the napalmed kids was the first thing that came to my mind. I see a certain horrible mirroring of the pose of the the two central girls in the photos.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:TrangBang.jpg

Really sad. Both brilliant photos.
Sean Kelly - on 10 Nov 2013
In reply to felt: The flag was actually a tablecloth with the Hammer & Sickle stitched onto it.
felt - on 10 Nov 2013
In reply to Sean Kelly:

I knew the photo was staged but I didn't know that. Thanks. They did a very acceptable job in the circumstances. Looks like quite a precarious perch. Had this thread started over in the US I bet we'd have had the Iwo Jimo one by now. What's the most iconic UK war photo, I wonder?

Monty with his odd cap badges?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Montgomery_watches_his_tanks_move_up.jpg

It's got to be St Paul's amidst the smoke:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:German_Magazine_showing_famous_Blitz_Image.JPG
Al Evans on 10 Nov 2013
In reply to felt: Personally I think it has to be one of Ansell Adams pictures of Yosemitie probably the one of Half Dome.
chris fox on 10 Nov 2013
In reply to mark s:

Galen Rowell's Rainbow over the Potala Palace in Tibet is probably one of the best scenic shots i've seen.
myth - on 10 Nov 2013
In reply to felt:

Most definitely iconic. Always stuck with me that one. The moon/earth shot is an out of this world shot in every sense though.
Wiley Coyote - on 10 Nov 2013
In reply to mark s:
I think it has to be earthrise if only for the effect it had. I vividly remember the impact of the napalmed girl, which was a shocking image of war and made a lot of people appreciate how much innocent people were suffering but Earthrise had a global impact on people's attitude to the earth. It was am image that was simultaneously beutiful and terrifying. Suddenly it was graphically clear that this little blue planet lost in the black infinity of space really was all we had and we had better look after it. I know there is a lot of environmental destruction still going on but I'm sure there would be a hell of a lot more if that photo had not galvanised a whole generation.
Byronius Maximus - on 10 Nov 2013
In reply to mark s:

Probably not the best ever, but one that really struck me when I saw it the other day: http://www.boredpanda.com/must-see-powerful-photos/?image_id=powerful-photos-2.jpg

At first it just looks like a picture of a wall, then you read the title and realise what all those scratch marks are...chilling and truly disturbing.
Steve Perry - on 10 Nov 2013
In reply to felt:

Great picture, used on the cover of Chris Bellamy's Absolute War, an excellent book if your into that sort of thing.
Ander on 10 Nov 2013
In reply to felt:
> (In reply to Sean Kelly)
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> I knew the photo was staged but I didn't know that. Thanks. They did a very acceptable job in the circumstances. Looks like quite a precarious perch. Had this thread started over in the US I bet we'd have had the Iwo Jimo one by now. What's the most iconic UK war photo, I wonder?
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No question
http://www.militaryimages.net/photopost/falklands-war-1982/p24927-the-royal-marines-yomp-or-the-para...
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no_more_scotch_eggs - on 10 Nov 2013
paul__in_sheffield - on 10 Nov 2013
In reply to mark s: Ali standing over a knocked out Sonny Liston in 1965, in black and white. Total gladiator from Ali.
deepsoup - on 10 Nov 2013
In reply to no_more_scotch_eggs:
And precisely one more person in the picture than this one that was posted above: http://www.sciencebuzz.org/sites/default/files/images/lunar_module_earth_moon.jpg

It's like getting a postcard from the Total Perspective Vortex isn't it? :o)
Oliiver - on 10 Nov 2013
In reply to mark s:http://jglynn.edublogs.org/files/2011/06/WWI-1-tnadi8.jpg - this photo shows the rawness of war and the mateship which endured - even in the shell torn landscape.
felt - on 10 Nov 2013
deepsoup - on 10 Nov 2013
In reply to felt:
Wow. In climbing terms that's what you call an exposed position! (Albeit not an "airy" one.) ;o)
MJ - on 10 Nov 2013
In reply to mark s:

Frank Hurley's photo's of the ill fated Shackleton expedition are truly outstanding. Here is perhaps my favourite: -

http://gallery.nen.gov.uk/assets/1110/0000/0115/2580087.jpg
Baron Weasel - on 10 Nov 2013
In reply to MJ: I was thinking of those pictures before clicking on the thread. Taken with multiple flashes and long exposures as I understand it. Always thought they were the best photo's ever since I first saw them.
Tom Last - on 10 Nov 2013
In reply to MJ:
> (In reply to mark s)
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> Frank Hurley's photo's of the ill fated Shackleton expedition are truly outstanding. Here is perhaps my favourite: -
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> http://gallery.nen.gov.uk/assets/1110/0000/0115/2580087.jpg

Yeah outstanding shots. I find the one of the departure of the James Caird pretty mesmerizing.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8e/AllSafeAllWell.jpg
papashango - on 11 Nov 2013
In reply to mark s:

maybe not the greatest ever, but most of these are pretty good

http://m.imgur.com/a/ySDMi

NOT SAFE FOR WORK
Ramblin dave - on 11 Nov 2013
In reply to papashango:
Don't tell John Redhead...
avictimoftheDrpsycho - on 11 Nov 2013
In reply to papashango:

Lol, were you the guy posting these on a well known image board earlier today?
papashango - on 11 Nov 2013
In reply to avictimoftheDrpsycho:

no dude, not me
myth - on 11 Nov 2013
In reply to papashango:
> (In reply to mark s)
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> maybe not the greatest ever, but most of these are pretty good
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> http://m.imgur.com/a/ySDMi
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> NOT SAFE FOR WORK

All depends where you work ;-)

To be honest other than tits and arses I don't think the quality of those shots are very good, unless very low res shots have been uploaded.
MJ - on 11 Nov 2013
In reply to Tom Last:

Yeah outstanding shots. I find the one of the departure of the James Caird pretty mesmerizing.

That picture has a bit of a story behind it: -

http://www.sebcoulthard.com/hurleys-tinkering.html
deepsoup - on 11 Nov 2013
In reply to myth:
> To be honest other than tits and arses I don't think the quality of those shots are very good, unless very low res shots have been uploaded.

One of the nude models is quite high up a granite offwidth though, which is pretty mind boggling. ;O)

There have been a lot of photos in this thread I've never seen before, really enjoying it, thanks all.
Fraser on 11 Nov 2013
In reply to felt:


Isn't that just CGI'd from the new 'Gravity' film?! ;)

morticiaskeeper - on 11 Nov 2013
In reply to mark s:

The shitstorm of outrage when this was published. Unfortunately, If no one took shots like these, the worlds' atrocities would go unknown.

Kevin Carter was demonized for showing the world what was happening.

http://iconicphotos.wordpress.com/2009/08/12/vulture-stalking-a-child/
krikoman - on 12 Nov 2013
cb294 - on 12 Nov 2013
In reply to krikoman:

I printed that one out for my daughter on the day she came back from shopping with a Primark bag.

CB
Tony the Blade on 12 Nov 2013
felt - on 12 Nov 2013
In reply to Tony the Blade:
> (In reply to mark s)
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> gorbachev kissing honecker ... http://www.spiegel.de/images/image-21730-galleryV9-eqef.jpg

Honecker must have felt short-changed with that after this one from an earlier Soviet premier. In western politics the temperature of bilateral relations can't always be gauged in this way.

http://www.gazeta.razem.pl/multimedia/brezniew.jpg
johncoxmysteriously - on 12 Nov 2013
In reply to myth:
> (In reply to papashango)
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> All depends where you work ;-)
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> To be honest other than tits and arses I don't think the quality of those shots are very good, unless very low res shots have been uploaded.

Really? I think they're brilliant, though a bit repetitive.

Between the Vietnam girl and the Chinese tank guy for me.

Have we had that one of some Viet Cong bloke shooting a prisoner dead?

jcm


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