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15 June 2014

The Most Powerful Images Ever (30 images)

A picture is worth a thousand words, but not all pictures are created equal. Some pictures can be cute, beautiful, funny, or enchanting, but these pictures are powerful. They are gripping and unforgettable because of the volumes they speak about the human condition – about some of the best and worst moments of contemporary human existence.

We should warn our readers that some of these pictures may upset them, while others may fill them with joy. But that’s precisely because these images reflect some of the best and worst parts of the human experience and world events. Our post of must-see photos from the past described our history while these photos, for the most part, describe our present – our suffering and our triumphs, our perseverance and our failures, our compassion and our hatred, our intelligence and our stupidity.

Some of these photographs may mean more to some of our readers than to others. But hopefully, they will remind us all that the world can always use a little bit more love, tolerance, compassion and understanding.

Starving boy and missionary
Mike Wells

Inside an Auschwitz gas chamber 

Heart surgeon after 23-hour-long (successful) heart transplant. 
His assistant is sleeping in the corner
James Stanfield 

Father and son (1949 vs 2009)

Diego Frazão Torquato, 12 year old Brazilian playing the violin at his teacher’s funeral. The teacher had helped him escape poverty and violence through music

A Russian soldier playing an abandoned piano in Chechnya in 1994

A firefighter gives water to a koala during the devastating Black Saturday bushfires in 
Victoria, Australia, in 2009


A woman sits amidst the wreckage caused by a massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami, in Natori, northern Japan, in March 2011

Asahi Shimbun, Toshiyuki Tsunenari /AP 

A dog named “Leao” sits for a second consecutive day at the grave of her owner, who died in the disastrous landslides near Rio de Janiero in 2011.

Vanderlei Almeida / Getty Images 

Alcoholic father with his son


An Afghan man offers tea to soldiers

An old WW2 Russian tank veteran finally found the old tank in which he passed through the entire war – standing in a small Russian town as a monument 


Christians protect Muslims during prayer in the midst of the 2011 uprisings in Cairo, Egypt

Nevine Zaki 

Demonstration of condom usage at a public market in Jayapura, capital of Papua, 2009

 Adri Tambunan 

During massive floods in Cuttack City, India, in 2011, a heroic villager saved numerous stray cats by carrying them with a basket balanced on his head 

Biswaranjan Rout / AP

Embracing couple in the rubble of a collapsed factory

Taslima Akhter 

 Five-year-old gypsy boy on New Year’s Eve 2006 in the gypsy community of St. Jacques, Perpignan, Southern France. It is quite common in St. Jacques for little boys to smoke 

Jesco Denzel

Flower power

Bernie Boston 

Greg Cook hugs his dog Coco after finding her inside his destroyed home in Alabama following
 the Tornado in March, 2012

Gary Cosby Jr. / AP 

Hhaing The Yu, 29, holds his face in his hand as rain falls on the decimated remains of his home near Myanmar’s capital of Yangon (Rangoon). In May 2008, cyclone Nargis struck southern Myanmar, leaving millions homeless and claiming more than 100,000 lives

Brian Sok 

 Indian homeless men wait to receive free food distributed outside a mosque ahead 
of Eid al-Fitr in New Delhi, India 

Tsering Topgyal / AP

Man Falling from the World Trade Center on 9/11. “The Falling Man.”

Richard Drew /AP 

 Russian soldiers preparing for the Battle of Kursk, July 1943 
Shirak Karapetyan-Milshtein

Some parents, likely now in their 70′s, still looking for their missing child.

Sunset on Mars 

Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for 7 months
Louie Favorite

The Graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, Holland, 1888 

Young man just found out his brother was killed 
Nhat V. Meyer

Zanjeer the dog saved thousands of lives during Mumbai serial blasts in March 1993 by detecting more than 3,329 kgs of the explosive RDX, 600 detonators, 249 hand grenades and 6406 rounds of live ammunition. He was buried with full honors in 2000  
STR News / Reuters

“Wait For Me Daddy,” by Claude P. Dettloff in New Westminster, Canada, October 1, 1940 
Claud Detloff

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