8 photographs that shocked the world

By Jane McGuire

A famous photographer once wrote ‘photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.’ With the power to promote change, spark discussion and capture a moment in history, an amazing photograph can be far more powerful than words. To inspire you to find a digital photography course and take the images of our time, we’ve looked back at twelve photographs that shocked the world.

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Child Crawling by Kevin Carter, 1992


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A Buddhist monk burns himself to death by Malcolm Browne, 1963


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The falling man by Richard Drew, 2011


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Naplam Girl by Nick Ut, 1972


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Saigon Exectution by Eddie Adams, 1972


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Uganda by Mike Wells, 1980


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Tank Man by Stuart Franklin, 1989


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Russian soldier playing an abandoned piano in Chechnya, 1994


If these photos have inspired you to pick up a camera and learn more, why not take a look at the digital photography courses listed on the site? With plenty of options available, the world is your oyster. 

About the author

Jane McGuire

Jane McGuire received her BA (English) from the University of Loughborough. A yoga enthusiast with a sweet tooth, in her spare time you will probably find Jane in the gym or online shopping.

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