There are many well-known images of march on the Pentagon in October 1967, when 35,000 anti-war protestors convened on the symbol of America’s military. But none stand out quite like the one of 17-year-old Jan Rose Kasmir as she offers flowers in place of soldiers sheathed bayonets. The gesture, needless to say, was ignored and protestors were beaten, thrown off the Pentagon stairs, tear gassed, and arrested.
Starving Child and Vulture, Kevin Carter, 1993
The most haunting image on the list, Kevin Carter captured the devastating famine in Sudan with a photograph of a toddler crawling to a UN feeding center while a vulture stalks her as prey. Carter won a Pulitzer Prize for his work but received harsh criticism for both the photograph and for not helping the child. A year later, gripped by the devastation and depression he had seen, Carter committed suicide.
The Terror of War (Napalm Girl) - Huyn Cong Ut, 1973
The Pulitzer Prize winning photograph captures the devastation caused by American napalm bombing during the Vietnam War. The focal point of the image is Phan Thj Kim Phuc, the naked girl who ripped her clothes off after being severely burned on her back. Though controversial at the time because of its depiction of full-frontal nudity, the image brought the horror of the Vietnam War and its many innocent victims to the forefront of the world’s conscious.
Murder of Vietcong by Saigon Police Chief, Eddie Adams, 1968
This powerful photograph shows General Nguyen Ngoc Loan of the South Vietnamese Army about to kill the captain of a Vietcong squad at point-blank range. The photograph came to symbolize the brutality and harsh reality of the Vietnam War that was often shielded from Americans in the media and galvanized a worldwide anti-war movement.
Not many would be unfamiliar with the Indian political and ideological leader, Gandhi. Dubbed the “Father of the Nation”, Gandhi was responsible for leading and inspiring India to independence from the British. From 1915 to 1945, he worked tirelessly, advocating for peaceful demonstrations as India strived for independence. His efforts and philosophy influenced civil rights and freedom movements around the world.
Now That You're Big
By Simon Greiner. With apologies to Dr Seuss!