The 77 Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken That Truly Reflects The Human Experience.

A picture is worth a thousand words, it’s true because putting a strong moment into words is very hard, especially when those moments come about after looking other people in times of complete loss and despair.

We compiled this collection of iconic & powerful photos, taking into account cultural significance, news value and overall aesthetics. This is an incredible collection of feelings represents the love, innocence, despair, loss, and undying perseverance within all of us. Some pictures are very moving and I truly hope you enjoy!

#01. A Buddhist monk shares his meal with a tiger at the Kanchanaburi ‘Tiger Temple’ in Thailand.

Monk and Tiger sharing their meal
Source: Wojtek Kalka

#02. Little boy playing the flute, with an attentive cat.

Powerful photos - Little boy playing the flute, with an attentive cat.
Source: Vladimir Zotov

#03. A firefighter gives water to a koala during the devastating Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia, in 2009

A firefighter gives water to a koala
Source: abc.net.au

#04. 17 year old Jan Rose Kasmir offers a flower to soldiers during the Pentagon anti-war protest in 1967.

17 year old Jan Rose Kasmir offers a flower to soldiers during the Pentagon anti-war protest in 1967.
Source: Marc Riboud

#05. Dr. Religa monitors his patient’s vitals after 23-hour-long (successful) heart transplant. His assistant is sleeping in the corner. [1987]

Dr. Religa monitors his patient's vitals after a 23 hour long heart transplant surgery.
Source: J. Steinfeld

The patient not only survived the surgery, but outlived his doctor.

The patient not only survived the surgery, but outlived his doctor.
Source: Unknown

#06. Diego Frazão Torquato, 12 year old Brazilian playing the violin at his teacher’s funeral. The teacher had helped him escape poverty and violence through music.

Brazilian boy playing the violin at his teacher’s funeral
Source: Unknown

#07. Man Falling from the World Trade Center on 9/11. ‘The Falling Man.’

Man Falling from the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Source: Richard Drew /AP

#08. A Mursi tribe woman discovers Vogue magazine, Ethiopia.

A Mursi tribe woman discovers Vogue magazine, Ethiopia
Source: Eric Lafforgue

#09. Groom crying tears of joy after seeing his bride for the first time.

Groom crying tears of joy after seeing his bride for the first time.
Source: Jeff Bailey

#10. 3 weeks old infant with albinism snuggles up to his cousin for a snooze.

3 weeks old infant with albinism snuggles up to his cousin for a snooze.
Source: Patricia Willocq

#11. An Irish teenager yells at British soldiers during unrest in Northern Ireland.

An Irish teenager yells at British soldiers during unrest in Northern Ireland
Source: Unknown

#12. A Brazilian protester stands before gunfire during protests against corruption and police brutality.

A Brazilian protester stands before gunfire during protests against corruption and police brutality.
Source: huffingtonpost.co.uk

#13. A man was playing bamboo music in Tenganan Village, Bali (2010) to entertain a disabled child which is not his son.

A man was playing bamboo music in Tenganan Village, Bali (2010)
Source: Ario Wibisono

#14. Man holding a chip in his hand.

Man holding a chip in his hand.
Source: Unknown

#15. Candy Cigarette

Powerful photos - Candy Cigarette
Source: Sally Mann

#16. A bus of caring people save a woman who tried to commit suicide in China.

A bus of caring people save a woman who tried to commit suicide in China.
Source: scnews.newssc.org

#17. Thania Sayne leans on the headstone of her husband the day before their wedding anniversary on 16 October 2013.

Thania Sayne leans on the headstone of her husband the day before their wedding anniversary on 16 October 2013.
Source: corbisimages.com

#18. The first mother in space. Anna Fisher, astronaut, with stars in her eyes on the cover of Life magazine in 1985.

The first mother in space.
Source: Life Magazine (1985)

#19. A journalist dashes across a bridge between to rescue a baby during Civil War in 1936.

A journalist dashes across a bridge between to rescue a baby during Civil War in 1936.
Source: Horace Abrahams

#20. Girl holding a baby in Marocco.

Powerful photos - Girl holding a baby in Marocco.
Source: Carlo Meoni

#21. Silly girl with her mommy.

My silly girl and I.
Source: Alex Elle

#22. The Little Parisian (1952).

The Little Parisian (1952)
Source: Willy Ronis

#23. A Boy Carrying His Dog Through Filipino Flood Waters

A Boy Carrying His Dog Through Filipino Flood Waters
Source: theatlantic.com

#24. Caroline Joan Peixoto, City Arts, photographed classical ballet students at rehearsal in Rwanda’s only classical ballet school.

Classical ballet students at rehearsal in Rwanda's only classical ballet school.
Source: Caroline Joan Peixoto

#25. A woman sits amidst the wreckage caused by a massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami, in Natori, northern Japan, in March 2011

Earthquake and ensuing tsunami, in Natori, northern Japan
Source: Asahi Shimbun, Toshiyuki Tsunenari /AP

#26. Old man kissing his wife.

Old man kissing his wife.
Source: Unknown

#27. How to be happy? put a rabbit on your head!

How to be happy? put a rabbit on your head!
Source: Unknown

#28. A North Korean waves at his South Korean brother after inter-Korean temporary family reunions.

A North Korean waves at his South Korean brother after inter-Korean temporary family reunions.
Source: reddit.com

#29. Captain Donald Spindler pulls 6 year-old Aaliyah Frazier from a fire in Indiana.

Captain Donald Spindler pulls 6 year-old Aaliyah Frazier from a fire in Indiana
Source: Evansville Courier & Press

#30. Mother holding a child.

Mother holding a child.
Source: Kristen DeYoung

#31. Man working in a coal mine.

Man working in a coal mine.
Source: Daniel Becerril

#32. A man protests in Tiananmen Square, Beijing [1989]

Powerful photos - A man protests in Tiananmen Square, Beijing [1989]
Source: Stuart Franklin

#33. 100,000 monks in prayer for a better world.

100,000 monks in prayer for a better world
Source: Luke Duggleby

#34. Sergeant Frank Praytor looks after a two-week old kitten during the height of the Korean War.

Sergeant Frank Praytor looks after a two-week old kitten during the height of the Korean War.
Source: Unknown

#35. Skater girls in Tehran.

Skater girls in Tehran.
Source: Humans Of Tehran

#36. A protester stands at a burning barricade between police and protesters in central Kiev.

A protester stands at a burning barricade between police and protesters in central Kiev.
Source: BBC

#37. Kimono Girl.

Kimono Girl
Source: Itsuo Inouye

#38. A curious Afghan girl holds the hand of an American soldier.

A curious Afghan girl holds the hand of an American soldier.
Source: reddit.com

#39. Jeneil Williams for Vogue Germany.

Powerful photos - Jeneil Williams for Vogue Germany
Source: Julia Noni

#40. Violinist, Nancy Dinovo, cries while playing during a service at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Vancouver for the September 11 victims.

Violinist, Nancy Dinovo, cries while playing.
Source: Christopher J. Morris

#41. Lt. Colonel Robert L. Stirm is reunited with his family after being taken prisoner during the Vietnam war.

Lt. Colonel Robert L. Stirm is reunited with his family after being taken prisoner during the Vietnam war.
Source: Unknown

#42. A child of the Erbore tribe, Ethiopia.

A child of the Erbore tribe, Ethiopia
Source: Eric Lafforgue

#43. The child of a KKK member touches his reflection in an African American police officer’s riot shield during a demonstration. [1992]

The child of a KKK member touches his reflection
Source: Todd Robertson

#44. A Russian soldier playing an abandoned piano in Chechnya in 1994.

Powerful photos - A Russian soldier playing an abandoned piano in Chechnya in 1994
Source: drugoi.livejournal.com

#45. Bruno Morandi captures a tribal Chhetri woman in Nepal. [2009]

Bruno Morandi captures a tribal Chhetri woman in Nepal. [2009]
Source: Bruno Morandi

#46. An Indian man in the festival of Holi (Festival of colors).

An Indian man in the festival of Holi (Festival of colors).
Source: Steve McCurry

#47. ‘Against All Prejudices’ – Punk rocker and kid at a Gay Pride parade.

Punk rocker and kid at a Gay Pride parade
Source: reddit.com

#48. Clara Gantt is reunited with her husband’s body after more than 60 years. Sergeant Joseph Grantt went missing during the Korean war.

Clara Gantt is reunited with her husband's body after more than 60 years.
Source: Andrew Renneisen

#49. Russian special troops soldier with a butterfly on his fingers.

Russian special troops soldier with a butterfly on his fingers.
Source: Unknown

#50. Vintage swing dancers!

Vintage swing dancers!
Source: Unknown

#51. Green-eyed girl from Nepal.

Powerful photos - Green-eyed girl from Nepal
Source: reddit.com

#52. Children’s smile in Life behind polar circle.

Children's smile in Life behind polar circle
Source: Aleksandr Romanov

#53. A sad old man.

A sad old man.
Source: Phil Marion

#54. Protester plays piano over the sounds of chaos, with riot police in the backdrop.

Protester plays piano over the sounds of chaos, with riot police in the backdrop.
Source: The DO Art Foundation

#55. Supporters celebrate as Minnesota legalizes gay marriage.

Supporters celebrate as Minnesota legalizes gay marriage
Source: Denver Post

#56. A boy crosses a London street in the 1960s with a toy double decker.

A boy crosses a London street in the 1960s with a toy double decker.
Source: Notman Photographics Archives

#57. Papua New Guinea woman during a Singsing celebration in Mount Hagen

Papua New Guinea woman during a Singsing celebration in Mount Hagen
Source: Eric Lafforgue

#58. A young girl saying goodbye through a train window at Hefei, Anhui Province.

A young girl saying goodbye through a train window at Hefei, Anhui Province.
Source: anninhthudo.vn

#59. Young man just found out his brother was killed.

Powerful photos - Young man just found out his brother was killed
Source: Nhat V. Meyer

#60. Agim Shala is passed through a barbed wire fence to his grandparents at a camp for refugees of the Kosovo War.

Agim Shala is passed through a barbed wire fence to his grandparents at a camp for refugees of the Kosovo War
Source: Carol Guzy

#61. Five-year-old gypsy boy on New Year’s Eve 2006 in the gypsy community of St. Jacques, Perpignan, Southern France. It is common for little boys to smoke in St. Jacques.

Five-year-old gypsy boy on New Year’s Eve 2006
Source: Jesco Denzel

#62. Woman holding a child.

Woman holding a child.
Source: Wakil Kohsar

#63. A boy with green eyes from Afghanistan.

A boy with green eyes from Afghanistan.
Source: Steve McCurry

#64. Indian woman laughing.

Indian woman laughing
Source: Unknown

#65. Wife of a fallen Marine, sleeps by his casket the night before his burial.

Wife of a fallen Marine, sleeps by his casket the night before his burial
Source: Todd Heisler

#66. A child with members of the Muslim community attending midday prayers at Strasbourg Grand Mosque in France on the first day of Ramadan, 2013

A child with members of the Muslim community attending midday prayers
Source: Vincent Kessler

#67. Demonstration of condom usage at a public market in Jayapura, capital of Papua, 2009.

Demonstration of condom usage at a public market in Jayapura, capital of Papua, 2009
Source: Adri Tambunan

#68. Russian soldiers preparing for the Battle of Kursk, July 1943.

Powerful photos - Russian soldiers preparing for the Battle of Kursk, July 1943
Source: Shirak Karapetyan-Milshtein

#69. Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for 7 months.

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

#70. The tattoo of wounded soldier Kyle Hockenberry becomes truth.

The tattoo of wounded soldier Kyle Hockenberry becomes truth
Source: Laura Rauch

#71. A Russian war veteran kneels beside the tank he spent the war in, now a monument.

A Russian war veteran kneels beside the tank he spent the war in, now a monument.
Source: englishrussia.com

#72. Flower power.

Flower power
Source: Bernie Boston

#73. An Afghan man offers tea to soldiers.

Powerful photos - An Afghan man offers tea to soldiers
Source: Rafiq Maqbool / AP

#74. Little girl with a cat.

Little girl with a cat.
Source: Sam Grandgeorge

#75. ‘Wait For Me Daddy,’ by Claude P. Dettloff in New Westminster, Canada, October 1, 1940

'Wait For Me Daddy,' by Claude P. Dettloff
Source: Claud Detloff

#76. A Rwandan boy left scarred after being liberated from a death camp.

A Rwandan boy left scarred after being liberated from a death camp.
Source: James Nachtwey

#77. Starving child in Uganda holding hands with a missionary.

Starving child in Uganda holding hands with a missionary.
Source: Mike Wells

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