20 Of The Most Powerful Pictures Of All Time

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Here are some of the best and rarest pictures that are gripping and memorable because they say so much about the human condition and some of the best and worst parts of modern life.
Some of these photos might make some people sad, while others might make them happy. But that’s because these pictures show some of the best and worst things about people and the world. But, for the most part, these photos show how we got to where we are now.

They show our pain and our victories, our persistence and failures, our kindness and hatred, our intelligence and our stupidity. From remembering the Flower Power movement to seeing chilling photos of the gas chamber in a concentration camp, war photos, pictures of the tsunami, and the battle of Kursk, there is a lot to see. These strong pictures show both the good and the bad in people.

Some of these old pictures may be more interesting to some of our readers than to others. But hopefully, they will remind us all that the world could always use a little more love, tolerance, compassion, and understanding.

P.S.: We do our best to give credit to each photographer, but sometimes it’s impossible to find them. If you know who the missing authors are, please leave a comment.

1. Starving boy and missionary

30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever

Image credits: Mike Wells

2. Inside an Auschwitz gas chamber

30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever

Image credits: kligon5

3. Father and son (1949 vs 2009)

30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever

4. A Russian soldier playing an abandoned piano in Chechnya in 1994

30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever

Image credits: drugoi.livejournal.com

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

30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever

Image credits: Nevine Zaki

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

30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever

Image credits: abc.net.au

7 Indian homeless men queue for Eid al-Fitr free meals outside a mosque in New Delhi.

30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever

Image credits: Tsering Topgyal / AP

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

30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever

Image credits:  Richard Drew /AP

9. Embracing couple in the rubble of a collapsed factory

30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever

Image credits: Taslima Akhter

10. Sunset on Mars

30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever

Image credits: nasa.gov

11. “Leao” sits for a second day at the grave of her owner, who died in the 2011 Rio de Janeiro landslides.

30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever

Image credits: Vanderlei Almeida / Getty Images

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

30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever

Image credits: Claud Detloff

13. Flower power

30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever

Image credits: Bernie Boston

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

30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever

Image credits: retronaut.com

15. Russian soldiers preparing for the Battle of Kursk, July 1943

30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever

Image credits: Shirak Karapetyan-Milshtein

16. An Afghan man offers tea to soldiers

30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever

Image credits: Rafiq Maqbool / AP

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

30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever

Image credits: Gary Cosby Jr. / AP

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

30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever

Image credits: Asahi Shimbun, Toshiyuki Tsunenari /AP

19. 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

30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever

Image credits: englishrussia.com

20. Alcoholic father with his son

30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever

Image credits: imgur.com

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