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    The Tiananmen thread got me thinking about the power of photography... anyone have a powerful photograph to share?

    Here's some starters...


    Tank Man:



    Fat Man Mushroom Cloud:



    Kevin Carter's photograph of a starving child watched by a vulture (this one may distress you):




    Phan Thị Kim Phúc fleeing after a napalm strike (also distressing):




    The Earth from the Moon:




    Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima:




    Miner's Strike police line at Orgreave




    Martin Lurther King Jnr, delievering I Have A Dream:




    Syndey Harbour Bridge, 1st of January 2000




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    sure that photography can really become powerful when we know the background story to it or it is so real that we can feel the feeling of sadness, happiness, pain, despair or whatever. Personally, I dont think that the last one is quite powerful.

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    • #3
      Well they do say 'A picture is worth a thousand words'. But the question I pose is what do you mean by 'powerful'? Something that strikes ones feelings while looking at it, or one that shows the power of something? Inspiration or Awe?
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      • #4
        Originally posted by YamiNoSekai View Post
        Well they do say 'A picture is worth a thousand words'. But the question I pose is what do you mean by 'powerful'? Something that strikes ones feelings while looking at it, or one that shows the power of something? Inspiration or Awe?
        Well... if you look at the varity in there "powerful" means a lot of things... some of them are tragic, some are striking... I can't think of another word that quite captures all of the things shown other than "powerful" I suppose "emotive" would work... but doesn't seem right to me...


        Originally posted by thaserty View Post
        sure that photography can really become powerful when we know the background story to it or it is so real that we can feel the feeling of sadness, happiness, pain, despair or whatever. Personally, I dont think that the last one is quite powerful.
        It nicely symbolizes the Millennium celebrations... that was my reason for selecting it... a global celebration... and yes... obviously there is background to every image which gives it more power... the Martin Luther King image isn't powerful by itself, while the Kim Phúc one is without explanation... I'm not suggesting people have to throw images in a vacuum...
        Last edited by rbp; 05-24-2009, 02:32 PM.
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        • #5
          i don't find public speeches/paragraphs or published work to be very moving..instead i prefer personal stories.

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          • #6
            well I think its more of a question of what can you read in the photograph,
            It is the same issue when reading art. Art do come in variety of form. Painting that is so beautiful can be kitsch, propaganda is a mere kitsch because its only give out aesthetically pleasing effect.
            Photograph is the same. Some photograph of a puppies or a kitten or something that only use beauty or cuteness cannot be said that it is a truly beautify photograph (Yes, same goes for fashion photo and model shot).
            It has been said that photograph is the 'way of stopping and living in time' and yes, powerful photograph is where you can see, feel and experience the same feeling as the subject in that photo felt. Horror, Pain, Hope and Faith for example

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            • #7
              just play the game
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              • #8
                Originally posted by rbp View Post
                just play the game
                I cant I have to work on my Portfolio! I need to hand it in on TUES FUKKKKKK

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                • #9
                  have some humanity
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                  miscalanious.

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                  • #10
                    Cal Berkeley 1969. The land of the free and the home of the brave.

                    http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/p...otoexhibit.jpg

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                    • #11
                      Hiiiiiiiii


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                      • #12
                        These represent an era.

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                        • #13
                          9/11
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                          http://911research.wtc7.net/wtc/evidence/photos/wtc2hit14.html


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                          • #14
                            i enjoy W. Eugene Smith's work.
                            this image is just too perfect

                            this radiates of sorrow and mourning

                            this one is a little grotesque. its a mother bathing her severely deformed child. she was born that way because of mercury poisoned waters from the industries in japan. this photograph was meant to show to the world the side-effects of the inhumanity of money-hungry businessmen.

                            *fixed*
                            Last edited by fumetsu_tama; 05-25-2009, 05:58 PM.
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                            • #15
                              This image speaks to me, it's always been one of my personal favourite "powerful" image(s)
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                              link:Here

                              Here are a couple more, that I find "powerful"...
                              D-day
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                              Soldier and Child
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                              Last edited by firzenex; 05-24-2009, 10:46 PM.

                              And well you know it hurts sometimes...and it's going to bleed sometimes.

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