10 press photos that shocked the world

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  10 press photos that shocked the world


There are moments that make history, but what matters is whether anyone was there in time to record history. Let's review 10 world-shaking photos taken by reporters and photographers during their work.


It is often said that a picture contains a thousand words. It is possible that any photo will contain such a number of words that the author wants to convey to the viewer, however, only a few of them exceed that threshold.



And sometimes, these few photos can help change the world because of the shocks they create.


1. A photo of a refugee in Kosovo



Carol Guzy - the first female veteran photojournalist to receive the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news - is the owner of this shocking photo. And it was this photograph of Kosovo refugees that earned her the next Pulitzer Prize in 2000.


The photo depicts two-year-old Agim Shala being carried over a barbed wire fence to her family. Thousands of other Kosovo refugees were also reunited and they camped in Kukes, Albania.


2. Step on the bullet shell



Los Angeles Times photojournalist Carolyn Cole took this photo while in Liberia. Ammunition shells lie on a street in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, where fierce fighting between government troops and rebel factions in the civil war took place.


3. Massacre in Thailand



AP reporter Neal Ulevich won the Pulitzer Prize in 1977 for his series of photographs of chaos and violence on the streets of Bangkok, Thailand. The Thammasat University student massacre occurred on October 6, 1976, targeting students protesting against Field Marshall dictator Thanom Kittikachorn. Not only the students, but many protesters were also brutally beaten, shot, hanged and burned to death.


4. After the storm



Photographer Patrick Farrell of the Miami Herald captured heartbreaking images of the victims in Haiti in 2008. The author made a strong impression with his black and white photos with the theme "After the storm".


In the photo, a boy tries to hold onto a stroller that was badly damaged after Tropical Storm Hanna hit Haiti.


5. One person's strength



Oded Balilty, an Israeli photographer for the Associated Press, captured a woman who was alone against the authorities who were forcing her to evacuate from a settled area in this country.


Ynet Nili, a 16-year-old Jewish girl at the time, is the main character in the photo above. Explaining her courage to stand up to such a crowd of police, Ynet Nili said: “You see me in that picture, alone against so many people? But that is just an illusion. Behind those people there was only one person, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, but behind me was God and the people of Israel."


6. World Trade Center 9/11



Photographer Steve Ludlum's power to convey a message is astounding. The photo captures the scene of two planes crashing into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, USA, creating clouds of smoke, fire, and dust, and many people were killed.


7. After the tsunami



This is one of the most strikingly representative images of the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami recorded by Reuters photographer Arko Datta in Tamil Nadu. For his photographs of the event, Mr. Arko won the World Press Photo award in 2004.


In the photo, an Indian woman lies with her arms outstretched on the sand, expressing extreme pain at the loss of a family member after the tsunami that hit the Indian Ocean.


8. Bhopal . toxic gas leak disaster



Pablo Bartholomew and Raghu Rai, two famous Indian photojournalists, captured the scene of a man burying a child who died after the Bhopal disaster - an industrial disaster with a toxic gas leak that caused 558,125 people were injured and about 15,000 others were killed.


9. Lion heart



Deanne Fitzmaurice, a journalist who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005, is the owner of this emotional photo. The photo, titled "Lion Heart Surgery," recalls the story of a 9-year-old Iraqi boy who was severely injured after one of the most violent conflicts in modern history - war. Iraq.


The boy was taken to a hospital in Oakland, California, USA. Here, the baby had to undergo dozens of surgeries to fight for his life. It was thanks to his courage and desire to live that people gave him the nickname: Saleh Khalaf, "Lion heart".


10. The tragedy of Omayra Sanchez



Frank Fournier captured the tragic image: baby Omayra Sanchez trapped in mud and collapsed buildings. The eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano in Colombia in 1985 caused a massive landslide that devastated many towns and killed about 25,000 people.


After struggling for 3 days, baby Omayra passed away and this photo was taken shortly before her last moments. It has created a wave of backlash around the world about the carelessness, delay in saving lives of the authorities here and touched millions of people by such tragic deaths.


Each photo leaves us with many things to think about in this life. Thank you for reading, please follow 2quotes.net for more information!

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