100 Photographs That Changed the World

100 Photos to Change the World


The power of pictures is celebrated in this portfolio of the most forceful still images of all time. Robert Capa's dispatches from the beach at Normandy and Joe Rosenthal's photographic report of Iwo Jima stirred a nation, as did-in quite an opposite way-Eddie Adams' and Larry Burrows' searing imagery from Vietnam. LIFE thinks outside the box in this book: Did Marilyn Monroe's pinup change the world? Did Harry Benson's photography of the Beatles deplaning in New York in 1964 alter our cultural focus? The pictures in this book are sometimes beautiful, often striking-and undeniably powerful.  (Summary and book cover courtesy of goodreads.com)


This was not comfortable to see/read at all times, but I think it was a valuable one to get through.  The photos portray inspiration, hope and gratitude, but also horror, shock and fear.  The photos show both highs and low of the human experience.  The gruesome images may be too much and certainly are not suitable for young children, but they’re certainly valuable to remember.  I don’t think anyone will be disappointed in giving this a read; it’d make a great coffee-table-style book and prompt discussion.  A picture really is worth a thousand words.

Warning: Contains photos that are graphic and may not be suitable for all audiences

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Everyone who can handle the graphic aspects should give this a read.  There are many historical events folks should know about.