The 60 Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken That Perfectly Capture The Human Experience

17 year old Jan Rose Kasmir offers a flower to soldiers during the Pentagon anti-war protest in 1967.

Marc Riboud

Werfel, a 6 year old orphan from Austria after being given his first pair of new shoes by the American Red Cross in 1946

A Brazilian protester stands before gunfire during protests against corruption and police brutality.

Christophe Simon / AFP / Getty Images

Sergeant Frank Praytor looks after a two-week old kitten during the height of the Korean War.

A curious Afghan girl holds the hand of an American soldier.


Thania Sayne leans on the headstone of her husband the day before their wedding anniversary on 16 October 2013.

Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

Anna Fisher, astronaut, with stars in her eyes on the cover of Life magazine in 1985. She was the first mother in space.

Life Magazine (1985)



A journalist dashes across a bridge between to rescue a baby during Civil War. [1936]

Horace Abrahams


Alex Elle


A boy crosses a London street in the 1960s with a toy double decker.

Notman Photographics Archives


Getty Images


Captain Donald Spindler pulls 6 year-old Aaliyah Frazier from a fire in Indiana

Evansville Courier & Press


Kristen DeYoung




Itsuo Inouye


Jeff Bailey

Violinist, Nancy Dinovo, cries while playing during a service at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Vancouver for the September 11 victims.

Christopher J. Morris

A child of the Erbore tribe, Ethiopia

Copyright: Eric Lafforgue

The child of a KKK member touches his reflection in an African American police officer's riot shield during a demonstration. [1992]

Todd Robertson

Clara Gantt is reunited with her husband's body after more than 60 years. Sergeant Joseph Grantt went missing during the Korean war.

Andrew Renneisen / AP


Willy Ronis

Caroline Joan Peixoto, City Arts, photographed classical ballet students at rehearsal in Rwanda's only classical ballet school. This school has given the Kigali community incredible hope as the first post-genocide ballet school.

Caroline Joan Peixoto, City Arts


Eduardo Verdugo

"100,000 monks in prayer for a better world"

PORNCHAI / AFP / Getty Images


Skater girls in Tehran.

Humans Of Tehran


Julia Noni

3 weeks old infant with albinism snuggles up to his cousin for a snooze.

National Geographic / Patricia Willocq

Lt. Colonel Robert L. Stirm is reunited with his family after being taken prisoner during the Vietnam war.


National Geographic

An Irish teenager yells at British soldiers during unrest in Northern Ireland

A Mursi tribe woman discovers Vogue magazine, Ethiopia

Copyright: Eric Lafforgue |




Dr. Religa monitors his patient's vitals after a 23 hour long heart transplant surgery. His assistant is sleeping in the corner. [1987]

 J. Steinfeld, National Geographic 1987

The patient not only survived the surgery, but outlived his doctor.



Protester plays piano over the sounds of chaos, with riot police in the backdrop.


Supporters celebrate as Minnesota legalizes gay marriage


Papua New Guinea woman during a Singsing celebration in Mount Hagen

Copyright: Eric Lafforgue |


Vincent Kessler


The tattoo of wounded soldier Kyle Hockenberry becomes truth

Laura Rauch


Aleksandr Romanov / National Geographic



Phil Marion


A bus of caring people save a woman who tried to commit suicide in China.

Creating this list out of thousands of potential photos was a daunting, yet rewarding experience for me. I hope you loved it too (and if you did, share it with others below).