What is the most powerful photo you have ever seen?

Answer by Prabhat G Singh:

The 43 most powerful images ever taken

The Man who didn't salute Hitler.

Sergeant Leonard Siffleet was fighting in the Australian Army, but was captured by the natives and handed to the Japanese. Held for about two weeks and tortured, Siffleet was to be executed by beheading by a Japanese office, Yasuno Chikao.

The mushroom cloud rising over the city of Nagasaki. Its size is both astonishing and horrifying.

an American Marine cradles a near-dead infant pulled from under a rock while troops cleared Japanese fighters and civilians from caves on Saipan in the summer of 1944. The child was the only person found alive among hundreds of corpses in one cave.

Partisans in Russia hanged by the Germans.

A crow's feast of a dead soldier.

Pile of hair of Holocaust victims. The hair were actually removed and processed to make thread and a few other things.

Bodies of Holocaust victims dumped in a pit.

A prisoner burned to death by the SS, still lying in the position in which he died.

Slave labourers at the Buchenwald concentration camp. Weight reduced from 160 pounds to 70 pounds in 11 months.

" Digging in the Italian village of Valdaro–near the city of Mantua, a setting for the famous Elizabethan tragedy–they uncovered a startling double burial. Dubbed the "Lovers of Valdaro" by the media, the pair were huddled close together, face to face, their arms and legs entwined, seemingly in an eternal embrace.

In 1947, 23-year-old Evelyn McHale jumped from the observation deck of the Empire State Building onto a limousine which was parked below. Photography student Robert Wiles heard the explosive crash and shot this photo soon afterward"

Tank man, or Unknown protester. A demonstrator stands in front of a line of People’s Liberation Army tanks during protests for democratic reform. Photo credits: Charlie Cole

Auschwitz, inside a gas chamber. Photo credits: Kligon5

Australian Scott Jones kisses his Canadian girlfriend Alex Thomas after she was knocked to the ground by a police officer’s riot shield in Vancouver. Canadians rioted after the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins. Photo credits: Rich Lam

Eight-year-old Christian Golczynski accepts the flag for his father, Marine Staff Sgt. Marc Golczynski, during a memorial service. Marc Golczynski was shot during his second tour in Iraq just a few weeks before returning back home. Photo credits: Aaron Thompson

Young German Prisoner being rounded up after Stalingrad.

A firefighter quenches a koala after 2009 black saturday bush fires in Victoria, Australia. Photo credits: ABC.net.au

Prisoner stares with no fear at Heinrich Himmler, one of the chief architects of the holocaust and chief of the gestapo. Photo credits: unknown

A mother comforts her son in Concord, Alabama, near his house which was completely destroyed by a tornado in April of 2011. Photo credits: Jeff Roberts

Word Press Photo winner in 1991. US Sergeant Ken Kozakiewicz (23), gives vent to his grief as he learns that the body bag at his feet contains the remains of his friend Andy Alaniz. ‘Friendly fire’ claimed Alaniz’s life and injured Kozakiewicz. Photo credits: David Turnley

A child gives a heart-shaped balloon to a policeman during riots against austerity measures in Bucharest. Photo credits: Ioana Moldovan

American troops on D-Day Normandy landings on June 6, 1944.

The 1968 Olympics Black Power Salute: African American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raise their fists in a gesture of solidarity at the 1968 Olympic games. Both of them were expelled from the games later on. Photo credits: Associated Press

Heart surgeon after a 23-hour-long successful heart transplant. You can see his assistant sleeping on the floor. Photo credits: James Stanfield

Man being reunited with his dog after 2011 tsunami in Japan. Photo credits: unknown

Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for 7 months. Photo credits: Louie Favorite

French man in tears while German troops occupy Paris.

Russian flag raised on the Reichstag in Berlin during WWII.

Russian soldiers during WWII.

World Press Photo Winner 1993. Boys raise toy guns in a gesture of defiance during the Palestinian uprising, began in December 1987. Photo credits: Larry Towell

Man Falling from the World Trade Center on 9/11. Photo credits: Richard Drew

Young man just found out his brother was killed. Photo credits: Nhat V. Meyer

Alcoholic father and his son. Photo credits: James Lee Stanfield

Myanmar citizen in front of the remains of his home near Yangon After 2008 cyclone Nargis. Photo credits: Brian Sokol

Dog sits for the second day in a row at the grave of his owner, died after the Rio de Janeiro landslides in 2011. Photo credits: Vanderlei Almeida

“Wait For Me Daddy”, October 1, 1940. Five-year-old kid reaches out for his father while he is in line marching on his way to a waiting train. Image credits: Claude P. Dettloff

Afghan man offers tea to a soldier. Photo credits: Rafiq Maqbool

Russian soldier playing an abandoned piano in Chechnya in 1994. Photo credits: unknown

Flower power. Photo credits: Bernie Boston

Upset woman after Japan massive 2011 earthquake. Photo credits: Asahi Shimbun, Toshiyuki Tsunenari

A starving boy and a missionary in Uganda. Photo credits: Mike Wells

Alvaro Ybarra Zavala (Photographer), Congo, November 2008

Alvaro Ybarra Zavala: 'Years after I took this picture, every time I see it I feel scared again.

This picture isn't that scary, until you realize the soldier had a severed hand in his left hand and what looks to be severed penis in the right.

From Alvaro's Memoirs
The situation was very tense, people were drunk and aggressive. I was with two other photographers most of the time, but at this moment I went back to the road alone. I saw three soldiers smoking, playing with their guns, and felt safe, I don't know why."

Then I saw a man with a knife in his mouth, coming out of the bush – he was holding up a hand like a trophy. The soldiers started laughing and firing in the air. I didn't think about it and began shooting. He walked directly at me. People surrounded us, celebrating. I thought, "Don't do anything crazy, just act like you're part of this crazy party."

When I got to the hotel, I showed the other photographers. They said, "Do you realise you could have been killed?"

Only then did it hit me how dangerous it had been. Years after I took this picture, every time I see it I feel scared again.

I really hate this shot. It's the worst face of humankind. I always ask myself, "Why do I do this job?' And the answer is: I want to show the best and worst face of humankind. Every time you go to a conflict, you see the worst. We need to see what we do to be able to show future generations the mistakes we make. The guy with the knife in his mouth is a human being like the rest of us. What's important is that we show what human beings are capable of. The day I don't do that with my photography is the day I'll give up and open a restaurant.


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