The 100 most influential photos of all time A Tate member of staff poses next to American photographer Dorothea Lange's "Migrant Mother", from 1936, at the press view of "The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection" exhibition at the Tate Modern gallery in London, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. "Migrant Mother" is included in Time magazine's most influential images of all time. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham/Joe Rosenthal, File)
The 100 most influential photos of all time
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A single drop of milk. A newborn baby. The ravages of war and terrorism. The defiance of those who protest and the fear of those entrapped.
 
All are included in a multimedia project featuring Time magazine's most influential images of all time. They have been released through a new book, videos and a website.
 
Many of the photos or frames from films are familiar, engrained in the collective conscious. Like the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Falling Man," taken on 9/11 by Richard Drew of The Associated Press.
 
Others, and their stories, are little known. One is the tiny snap by California software engineer Philippe Kahn of his new baby, the first cell-phone picture. He rigged a flip phone with a digital camera in 1997.
 
The magazine's editors consulted historians and photo editors and curators around the world. Time staffers interviewed the photographers, picture subjects, friends and family. Essays were written on each image.
 
Matthew Brady's Abraham Lincoln, Dorothea Lange's migrant mother, the flag raising at Iwo Jima by the AP's Joe Rosenthal - also a Pulitzer Prize winner - and that famous kiss in Times Square on V-J Day, captured by Alfred Eisenstaedt, are among the 100 chosen.
 
So is Frame 313 of the amateur, 8-millimeter film shot by Abraham Zapruder of John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963. Life magazine withheld that frame at the time. It is notorious in its absence for showing the bullet on impact with Kennedy's head.
 
Some were chosen for their content. Others were selected for their innovation.
 
Harold Edgerton, for instance, while tinkering in his lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, laid the foundation for the modern electronic photo flash. His "Milk Drop Coronet" image was made in 1957.
 
He froze the drop as it landed on a table. He used strobe lights with camera shutter motors to refine moments otherwise imperceptible to the human eye. This is according to the project's book companion, "100 Photographs: The Most Influential Images of All Time."
 
There is a NASA image of Earth from the far side of the moon. And a fetus still in the sac, revealing what pre-birth development looks like. There's also the famous, fuzzy Loch Ness Monster, from 1934. And the Oscars selfie initiated by Ellen DeGeneres in 2014.

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COMMENTS (55)
  • levit-orv
    11/29/2016 - 12:25 p.m.

    the photographs have a lot meaning because it was about a big war

  • tyk1-har
    11/29/2016 - 12:55 p.m.

    It has lots of meaning because it is an picture of them in real life. If it was a painting then it would be someone drawing and painting someone else. If it was someone trying to look like someone else then it would be someone trying to be someone else. Pictures have meaning because someone could be remembered that way.

  • samanthas-1-ste
    11/29/2016 - 01:28 p.m.

    Photographs are very important because they can tell a story behind it. Facial expressions or colors of a landscape can show emotions of people or nature.

  • holdenj-orv
    11/29/2016 - 02:19 p.m.

    Other Famous Photos included the Execution of the Vietcong Soldier in Saigon in 1968 on February 1st during the Second Day of the Tet Offensive, The Chinese man standing in front of Chinese Tanks in 1989, The Atomic bomb rising above Hiroshima in 1945, and Photos from the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.

  • dylans1-har
    12/01/2016 - 07:25 a.m.

    Why doe photographs have so much meaning. Photographs have so much meaning because it could be a picture of an important event or something else that is important. Important events like pictures of the wars or celebrating cristmas makes it important. Pictures can also describe what something looks like. It can show what the war looked like or other past events.

  • et-gai
    12/01/2016 - 09:59 a.m.

    These pictures are very important to people the people works in the army falt for us. My qustion is do we have enough people for the army.

  • aidand-
    12/01/2016 - 11:05 a.m.

    Photographs have so much meaning, for there could be a story behind it. Photographs could also help us give us clues, and see what it was like before we were here. If there were no photographs we would never know what some things looked like.

  • bb-gai
    12/01/2016 - 01:09 p.m.

    This article is basically influencing us to do great things. What do you think the most influencing picture of all time?

  • tysonb-sti
    12/01/2016 - 02:54 p.m.

    Photographs have so much meaning because they show how things were back in the olden days.

  • cm-gai
    12/01/2016 - 07:21 p.m.

    photographs are importing for different people for different thing like NASA will have photo a of the moon.
    How many photos are there in the world?

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