100 Most Influential Photos Revealed By TIME

100 Most Influential Photos

Mitzi Ilagan | Fotograpiya.com

Ever since the camera was invented, people sure became hyped with the idea of saving memories on a piece of paper. Through technology, its uses have become more complex — from snapping daily selfies to documenting once-in-a-lifetime moments, anywhere in the world. TIME, having worked with a number of international curators, historians, photo editors and photographers, had the idea of creating a list of the 100 most influential photographs ever taken. So, they drew up a list through the help of those experts, including 20 short documentaries of the 20 selected photos.

“There is no formula that makes a picture influential. Some images are on our list because they were the first of their kind, others because they shaped the way we think. And some made the cut because they directly changed the way we live. What all 100 share is that they are turning points in our human experience.”

The website entitled Time 100 Photos became an interactive virtual museum where the photos are presented. Along with that, TIME is publishing a book with the images, and have featured the project as cover story of its November 18 magazine issue.


Here are some of the selected photos:


Who would forget the most iconic and most retweeted star-studded 2014 Oscars selfie by Bradley Cooper? Together with him were Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Lupita Nyong’o, and her brother Junior.



This photograph by Andreas Gursky entitled 99 Cent (1999) is the most expensive contemporary photograph ever sold, yet it features cheap goods from a store in Los Angeles. The shopper’s haven-like setting resembled abstract, which made it more interesting.



It was a disturbing and striking image at the same time. Stanley Forman caught the two girls falling from a building which was caught in fire. He impressingly caught it in action, but it was too heart-breaking that all he could do was just turn around so he wouldn’t witness their death. This photo entitled Fire Escape Collapse (1975) made him earn the Pulitzer Prize and led to awareness and action, but it still remains as a controversy due to its ethical conditions.



All of the world celebrated upon the release of this iconic photo by Neil Armstrong. Even when he placed second having stepped on the moon, it was Buzz Aldrin who had photos because it was Neil who held the Hasselblad. Neil, though could be seen reflected on Buzz’s visor.

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