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 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. He used 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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Why do photographs have so much meaning?
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COMMENTS (8)
  • brycew-orv
    11/30/2016 - 04:06 p.m.

    The reason I think photographs have so much meaning is because, the painter is always are trying saying something when they are painting. So the reason they have so much meaning I think is because of the value of the painting that makes it special

  • wlauren-dav
    12/08/2016 - 07:59 p.m.

    the reason I think photographs have so much meaning is because they tell a story behind them even if it's just a small detail it reflects on past or present memories sometimes they could even connect to the viewer of the photo on a deep level.

  • sanna-dav
    1/02/2017 - 06:06 p.m.

    This article is about the 100 most influential pictures of all time. All the 100 pictures are in a multimedia project featuring Time magazine's most influential images of all time. A few examples of the pictures like when NASA toke a picture of the earth from the moon.Also the famous kiss in time square on V-J day. All the pictures are in a new book, videos, and a website.

  • emilyb2-bur
    1/11/2017 - 06:59 p.m.

    Photographs have so much meaning because it inspires you to try something new or it might be something that really does touch your heart . It also could be something that meant a lot to the photographer so you may like that photographer and then you have love for that photograph. Photographs can contain a fantastic story never told or a touched one that you know is important. Photographs can have a meaning to never give up, believe in yourself, or to try new things even if it turns out bad. In my opinion photographs have a lot of value in them if you really care about it or if it has a message in it.

  • liamr1-sch
    1/20/2017 - 02:49 p.m.

    This article is a healthy pursuit because its very influential pictures about history. In the text it says,"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.This shows how people can be inspired by multiple films pics.

  • liamr1-sch
    1/20/2017 - 03:10 p.m.

    No I don't think this is a healthy pursuit because people are sad about history. In the text it says,"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, according to the project's book companion.".So people are not happy about history.

  • cesars-
    2/02/2017 - 09:12 a.m.

    this article is a history because it tell you what happen in the past of how the people they spoke of made a big impact to the people I think this article is about the memorize of great achievements.

  • ashtonw-ver
    2/10/2017 - 12:10 p.m.

    They have so much meaning becuase it's the only prof that we have from the past to say o remember the the Ellen selfy I was in that or I saw in tv the moon landing

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