While landing at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Manchester Township, New Jersey, the LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire, and 35 passengers and one spectator died on May 6, 1937. This photo, called “The “Hindenburg” Disaster” was shot by Murray Becker, a photo journalist, on May 6, 1937. This photo shows a very emotionally wrenching period, and after Becker took the photos of the moment, it is said that he sat back and burst into tears. This photo is very powerful when the history is known.
Murray Becker, 1937
2. “VJ Day in Times Square” was taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt in Times Square on August 14, 1945. This photo was taken spontaneously on the news that Japan had surrendered and the war was over. Neither of the subjects is known. This photo captures a victorious moment for the US, and it is a very famous photo. I like this photo because of the background. You see the subjects, caught in the moment, but then you see all the surprised spectators in the background, who are just as jubilant as the subjects about the end of World War
This photo is a photographic icon representing The Great Depression. The “Migrant Mother” was taken in March 1936 at a camp for seasonal agricultural workers about 175 miles north of Los Angeles, by Dorothea Lange. Lange only took 6 pictures in one day, all of this woman and her children. The subject was a mother of seven, suffering from starvation. This photo was published in the San Francisco newspaper, and inspired John Steinbeck to write Grapes of Wrath. The woman’s children are cuddling into either side of her, as if looking for protection, which she should be able to give them. However, this mother can’t even give her children food. The power of this photo shows truly horrible conditions.
“D-Day Landings” was taken by Robert Capa on June 6, 1944 (D-Day.) Robert Capa swam ashore with the second assault wave on Omaha beach. 106 pictures were taken on that trip, but afterwards on 11 were developed because the dark-room was overheated and almost all of the photos were melted. This photo shows Robert Capa’s excitement in the moment, because it is “slightly out of focus.” The photo shows an intimate glance into the War, as Capa was traveling with the soldiers and taking pictures of them as they were firing their weapons.
Omaha Beach Normandy, France
“The Tetons-Snake River” was taken by Ansel Adams in 1942. This photo was selected to help explain to possible alien life what earth and humans were like.
On February 23, 1945 at around 1:00 pm, Joe Rosenthal heard that a flag was being raised on Mount Suribachi.