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This week’s Time magazine assembled a list of the 100 most influential photographs ever taken. It is interesting to see that Time had similar struggles that we at Iconic Photos had in such a task in recent years: “Digital revolution has made quantifying influence a particular challenge.”

Time wrote, “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 photos are here: http://100photos.time.com/ and a selection is printed.

A few thoughts: It is a rare occasion that Time uses a non-red border, but it did it again this week. It also included a wide, diverse array of images — from contact sheets of Phillipp Halsman to instagram work from North Korea, from a PR-stunt of a selfie to paparazzi photos of Ron Galella. Time didn’t publish close-up photo of Emmett Till’s face — suggesting that there are still limits to how far a print media organization can go — although it did include a bloodied face of a dead Iranian protester on its web edition. It was great to see Erich Salomon’s political reporting included; Richard Prince’s rephotography work remains as artistically controversial as it was in 1989,

 

Written by Alex Selwyn-Holmes

November 20, 2016 at 8:40 pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. Marc Riboud’s “La Jeune Fille a la Fleur”????? Missing in action….

    Janrose

    November 21, 2016 at 7:49 am

  2. Wonderful selection, I learned a lot about many of my favourites. Also sorely needed in a world full of photographers who, through no fault of their own, need to know about the history of this great art and reporting form.

    Douglas Bowman

    November 22, 2016 at 12:45 am

    • Shalom Andrew! Sorry I have taken so long to get back to you. Can we speak on Monday or Tuesday? I am totally prepared to make my case! Cheers! janrose 3000 people holding lit torches to form a human PEACE sign. This was in 2010 when I was honored with the UN Peace Week in Seville by the freedom fighters who risked their lives to challenge Franco and fascism in the 1970s. People treated me like the Madonna returned! At this event people had me sign my poster with tears streaming down their faces, holding me tightly for friend/selfies. I was so touched! Here are a few Youtube links-there are more https://youtu.be/06TNx2n_Bhk If you speak Spanish this is the organizer being interviewed on Spanish TV, explaining the event. https://youtu.be/6HVTtGjbN7E This is a little tedious because it’s translated but Dr. Abir is a professor from Iraq who flew from Iraq to the event just to meet me. Also tedious, translating, but this is the best part of my speech. Somewhere there is my “bits of love like raindrops that come together to form a river of peace” plus the clip of a eethe moderator, Dr Antonio, (orthopedist who volunteers for Medicine Sans Frontier in Cameroon), who announced how remarkable that Abir and I were together- A MUSLIM AND A JEW!!!! The crowd went CRAZY!!!! http://www.msf.org/en Enjoy!!!! janrose

      Sent from my iPhone >

      Jan Rose Kasmir

      December 2, 2016 at 6:03 am


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