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, released through a new book, videos and a website.
 
Many of the photos or frames from films are familiar, engrained in the collective conscious, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Falling Man," taken on 9/11 by Richard Drew of The Associated Press.
 
Others, and their stories, are little known, such as the tiny snap by California software engineer Philippe Kahn of his new baby, the first cell-phone picture, after 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, while Time staff interviewed the photographers, picture subjects, friends and family to write essays 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, notorious in its absence for showing the bullet on impact with Kennedy's head.
 
Some were chosen for their content, others 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 with his 1957 "Milk Drop Coronet."
 
He froze the drop as it landed on a table using strobe lights with camera shutter motors to refine moments otherwise imperceptible to the human eye, 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, 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 famous Oscars selfie initiated by Ellen DeGeneres in 2014.

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  • piersonw-cel
    11/30/2016 - 11:01 a.m.

    Time Magazine's multimedia project featuring the most influential images of all time, was released through a new book, videos and a website. Many of the photos or frames from films are familiar. Some were chosen for their content, others for their innovation. The magazine's editors consulted historians and photo editors and curators from around the world.

  • irisp-ste
    12/05/2016 - 09:10 a.m.

    It is nice and refreshing to see people that actually stand for something and truly are influential to be recognized. Nowadays, people that are considered influential are usually just celebrities that have done no actual good for the world. The people mentioned in the article are the ones who should actually receive recognition.

  • peytonw-cel
    12/05/2016 - 09:58 a.m.

    Photographs have so much meaning because like they always say a picture is worth a thousand words. They can come from all sorts of time periods. These photographs are an art to the world. They show different cultures and ways that the past and the future are different. Photographs are a true art full of meaning.

  • jareds-cel
    12/05/2016 - 09:58 a.m.

    Photographs have so much meaning because like they always say a picture is worth a thousand words. They can come from all sorts of time periods and show us today what was going on during that part of history. Photographs can also give a specific image of different cultures throughout the world and let people that don't have the luxury of traveling get to see the world. (Btw Peyton copied me)

  • peytonw-cel
    12/05/2016 - 10:15 a.m.

    Photographs are a true art to the word. Photographs capture moments that are rare. Photographs also show how things were in the past compared to things today. Photographs make history and capture history. Without photographs some people wouldn't know what many events or places look like.

  • kaileew-ste
    12/06/2016 - 01:39 p.m.

    Time Magazine has created a multi-media slideshow of pictures with some sort of importance. The first phone taken picture is included in the presentation which is a new born baby. A lot of people will really appreciate this.

  • ksenyas1-pla
    1/30/2017 - 02:50 p.m.

    This story is a summary of the New York Times culmination on the 100 best photos of all time. The story explains the process that the New York Times used to chose photos, selecting some that are iconic worldwide, and some that symbolize innovation. These photos all have one thing in common, they tell a story and portray emotion. This story was well written and was based on facts, it used good emotional appeals to excite the audience about photography. This relates to civil engagement, because as a citizen, I believe every individual should view the 100 most influential photos of all time. These photos are mostly from huge national events such as World Wars, hardships, tragedies, controversies, and inventions. Since it is a citizens job to be well informed on national events, these photos correlate with that and convey the emotions that words on a screen cannot convey about such events.

  • ezequield-ver
    2/10/2017 - 10:17 a.m.

    Photographs have such a vast meaning because it captures every little detail that can be kept forever. Photographs are a quick snapshot where time stops. Photographs have a greater meaning rather than what is being portrayed. This is what makes photographs have such meaning.

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