PHOTOGRAPHY – Ten Photographs From History

We’re feeling a little ‘history’ inspired today after the Manhattan bridge photo of the week, so we thought we’d share ten photos that further document history in the making. 

10. The Chernobyl Disaster, 1986.

Copyright David Schindler

Considered to be one of the worst nuclear power plant accidents in history, the Chernobyl disaster officially killed 31 people, but the long-term effects still haven’t been counted for. You can read more about the disaster here: Chernobyl Accident.  

9. The Great Fire of San Francisco, 1906

Photograph taken by Arnold Genthe

Taken on April 18th, 1906, this photograph depicts the devastation caused by the great fire and earthquake

8. The June Fourth Massacre, Tiananmen Square, China, 1989

Another iconic image, this time taken of the unknown man blocking the tanks barrage into Tiananmen Square in China. The man was part of a student uprising, and this photograph was taken before the massacre that occurred  injuring thousands of civilians.  

7. Times Square Snow Fight, 2009

Photograph by Doug Kim

You read right, snow-fight. In 2009, the blizzard had set in so furiously upon Times Square in New York, that the residents had nothing to do but enjoy in a little fun and have a snow fight. In contrast to the previous images, I think this photograph perfectly captures what it means to be human. This was not an organised event, but as traffic was not allowed into the square due to the snow, people saw an opportunity and used it to their advantage – only in New York.

6. Assassination of J.F.K, Dallas, November 22, 1963.

John. F Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States. Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with the assassination of John F. Kennedy, but he was shot and killed by Jack Ruby two days later. 

5. Before History, The Beatles, circa 1960

The Beatles were an English rock band like no other. Forming in 1960, the band mostly played in pubs across Liverpool, and rose to fame after their song writing grew with sophistication. John Lennon, who was probably the most iconic member from the band, was murdered on the 8th of December 1980.

4. 28th Annual Academy Awards, Life Magazine, March 21, 1956

Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly photographed together backstage before their turn at presenting. The two never worked together, but both share huge profiles in the history of American film. 

3. The Sydney Olympics, Australia, 2000

Admittedly, I am probably a little bias on this photograph, due to living in Australia, but IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch did declare that Sydney played host to one of the best Olympic games ever. These fireworks are being shot into the air on the Sydney Harbour Bridge which is the main attraction for tourists when visiting Sydney. Sydney Harbour is stunning during the day, with the hustle of ferries and the docking of cruise ships, it is well-known as one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world. 

2. Ukraine Riots, 2004

A photograph that shows the two sides of riots merged together with the symbolic element of a carnation. 

1. Protests Against the war in Iraq, 2003

Photographed by Peter Macdiarmid

Anti-war protests are held in London in 2003, when talks began about the invasion of Iraq after the events of September 11. This protest that occurred was one of the biggest anti-war protests conducted since the Vietnam war.

Composed by Tanysha Bolger