Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Iconic Photos Blog


While this blog is meant to feature the newest and best images and gear in the world of photography, it will also celebrate old photographs that have either captured the most influential moments in the history of the world, or have inspired different groups, countries and governments into significant and often times radical change.

Instead of listing all the photographs that deliver these requirements, have a look instead at the Iconic Photos Blog, the website dedicated to this particular endeavor. There you will find, as its tag line suggests, all of the famous, infamous and iconic photos in the last 200 years since the invention of photography.

Most of the pictures deal with war and politics, as these have so often transformed peoples and places in relatively short periods of time. While you will often find the images in these categories gloomy and disheartening, there are rare moments of joy and celebration such as the famous Victory Day Kiss by Alfred Eisenstaedt above, which captures the hopeful sentiments of millions across America and around the world at the end of the Second World War.

Other photographs deal with memorable occasion in sports, society and culture. Occasionally they describe anecdotes that have spread through the generations, but there are also little gems that commemorate the achievements of both man and nature like the photograph below of Secretariat winning the Belmont Stakes by Bob Coglianese.


The two photographs featured in this post are decades old, but you will also find notable photographs that are related to more recent world events on the website. To find out more about the photographs, head on over to the Iconic Photos Blog.

70 comments:

AdPlusCommunications said...

Black and white photos always seem to capture the moment so much more simply than today's pictures.

Innovations said...

photographs only grow in strength with age

Sam said...

Incredible photos :)

Nigma said...

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Joel C Anatoli said...

Nice pics bro. You dont see blogs like these a lot.. good stuff

The Game Store Guy said...

I know the first one, so it's the second one that really catches my attention. A gorgeous shot and very inspiring.

Esun said...

These are iconic photos, which everyone should know about.
I really like your blog, followed.

DocStout said...

I almost always bounce through blogs about photography, noting a lack of original content. This is something different. Coherent and concise discussion of the photographs and the techniques used to capture them is valuable. Great stuff.

duffboi said...

Good information. I like photographs, I'll have to check this out.

Triper said...

I heard about this and it's interesting, i will follow your comments for sure. Thanks

Found on the Internet Today said...

Whats fun about these photos is that about half of what make them good is their artistic nature, the rest is the story behind them.

Assange No.1 Fan said...

First picture pisses me off.

amBored said...

awesome pics :)

Banacek said...

I think everyone has seen the first pic. I've never seen the second. Good stuff!

Devon Davidson said...

I wonder where those two people are now.

Steven said...

They definitely are some iconic photos

mac-and-me said...

the first pic reminds me of the "watchmen" version where 2 girls kissed :3

Motivationalized said...

Good choice, I always enjoy browsing old photos of world events.

liam said...

yeah these shots are great. i've seen the first one many times, but the second one i haven't seen before. i love it.

akrater said...

very nice.

SKINNYBOX said...

thanks for the link to that blog, some great stuff on there

Raw said...

These are great photos, nice choices!

Moob said...

it is icconic!

Raini said...

great pics

G said...

I've never seen that 2nd photo....great shot. Especially for the time and the technology they had to capture that split second

Zakk said...

that's really cool! I just stopped by to show my support :D

Lhosreiff said...

Old Black and white pictures always have that feel to them.

Shutterbug said...

I love that Victory Kiss photo! It's a classic! :)

schultzz said...

seen those photo in photography class as examples of how good a photography can be, and they indeed are awesome.

tearinox said...

I never noticed before but the girl seems to be grabbing herself.

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skinned sheep said...

these are awesome. my favorite iconic photo is kevin carters.

Nigma said...

arguably the most famous picture in the world

ankmanpro said...

So that's what it's called huh?

Matt Neumann said...

I love the mixture of captivating and classy! The black and white really does it for me! keep em comin

TheHarvester said...

god i absolutely love your blog. so many classy photos. how do you handle the copyright btw?i woudl take it these pictures are pretty expensive to buy

Venus said...

those photos are classic.

Jay.CA said...

@TheHarvester: that's a good question. I hope to tackle that in a separate post. I also have a disclaimer here: http://reelfoto.blogspot.com/p/disclaimer-and-privacy-policy.html

las3R said...

Great pictures, great post!

Tasos said...

if I could find a huge poster of the 2nd picture, it would be in my room by now! love 'em

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Biff Tanner said...

Very cool stuff.

Chris said...

First picture is one of my fav top 5 shots

Glovey said...

Love the photo. So much history!

Trapper said...

Classic pic, did they ever name these 2? Find out who they were?

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Daily01 said...

Wow nice photos, they look kind of retro. I like sepia photos:) Following and $upporting dubandmovies.blogspot.com/

obi said...

great photographs! though these days you would be up on assault charges ;)

Meghan Moran said...

Two absolute classics you got there.

sanne said...

thanks for checking my blog too i realy love that the photos look old!

Dale said...

I love this first kissing photo above. I had a poster of that in my bedroom all through college. Brings back memories. Nice blog!

Thanks for stopping by mine too. :)
Dale

Evan said...

This is such an iconic photo. Great stuff

thenitefalls said...

I can feel the emotion in The Victory Day Kiss that's probably one of the reasons it's a classic :D

John A.S. said...

wow man, cool photo's!! following for sure

Malkavian said...

The classic picture, thx for sharing it.

Nigma said...

moar photos

husar said...

very interesting photo, good blog

+ follower:)

S.S. said...

Very nice photo :]

baxxman said...

Just so annoying to see that pic

Big Unicorn said...

I Love this photo.

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Trapper said...

Love the pic always wondered who that couple was!

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Bubi said...

Awesome!

ExoticBlogger said...

classic!

Elliot MacLeod-Michael said...

what a classic photograph

Firme said...

I like photography, and think it would be fun to try it for a bit, but don't have the time or money to start another hobby. But interesting, iconic photos, I'd like to see. Good stuff, hope you post more!

Inspirations said...

There's not much more to say than what's already been posted other than to agree with others and say that this photo is both timeless and meaningful (when you read about the meaning attached to the captured moment)! Following :)

SirJohnBear said...

There are just so many famous photos out there. You definitely need to do another post like this.

Questions said...

Really love these iconic photos.

*The Snow Witch* said...

i love that photo is very expressive :D

*The Snow Witch* said...

i love that photo is very expressive :D

Necroticism said...

I just watched a documentary about photography, that first photo was taken by one of the most famous photographers, love his work.

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