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20 Iconic Photographs & The Cameras That Captured Them

Photographs are not merely pieces of images that we look at. They are memories, emotions, and life, literally frozen in time. We are taken back in time to the time of the photos or the time that we first saw it. This is the amazing emotional command that photos wield.

It is amazing how this one form of art bound with tech manages to create such an impact in preserving time. Most of the time, we are reminded of the times and the stories that are associated with the events when we look at a photo. But we never give it much of a thought about the person who captured it or the camera that captured the photo.

But behind every one of those iconic photos, there is a camera and a photographer who acted in a way to capture the shot that now lives forever. So, it is important to know and give the necessary credit to the person who is responsible for the creation of a certain photo. It can be a very popular album cover or a magazine cover that is timeless, or it can be in a very dreaded place that very well could be the D-day of World War II. Whatever the scenario it is, some person made the decision to make it immortal by capturing it on camera.

Since a lot of people are being transported through time because of these photos. We thought of sharing some of the most iconic photos in history with the camera that they were shot in. In a world where millions of photos are being captured in one single day, these single photos create a huge impact.

Scroll down to check out these historical photos that mark amazing points in human history along with the cameras that they were shot with. Share what you think about the photo, the scene, and the camera in the comments sections below.

#1 “Earthrise” By William Anders, 1968 / Modified Hasselblad 500 El.

This photo by astronaut William Anders, titled “Earthrise” was taken during the Apollo 8 mission on December 24, 1968. The astronaut used a heavily modified Hasselblad 500 EL camera with an electric drive. The photo was captured on custom 70 mm Kodal Ektachrome film.

#5 “Afghan Girl” By Steve McCurry, 1984 / Nikon Fm2.

The iconic portrait of the Afghan Girl, Sharbat Gula, was captured by photojournalist Steve McCurry back in 1984 using a Nikon FM2 camera. The photograph made it on the cover of the June 1985 issue of National Geographic but the girl’s real identity remained a mystery until 2002.

#7 “Migrant Mother” By Dorothea Lange, 1936 / Graflex Super D.

This dramatic photograph of Florence Owens Thompson and her children was captured by photographer Dorothea Lange on March 6, 1936. The photo was taken inside a pea-pickers’ camp on Nipomo Mesa after freezing rain destroyed the crop, leaving the workers without work and pay.

#9 “V-J Day In Times Square” By Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1945 / Leica IIIa.

Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt captured this photo of a US Navy sailor kissing a stranger in New York City’s Times Square back on August 14, 1945. Even though many people claimed they are the ones in the pictures, the real subjects in the photo are unknown.

#10 “D-Day” By Robert Capa, 1944 / Contax II.

Photographer Robert Capa captured the events of D-Day using his Contax II camera. He was one of the first troops to land on Omaha Beach and managed to take 106 pictures while under fire. Sadly, only 11 of those survived due to a processing accident in the Life magazine photo lab in London.

#17 “The Shooting Of Lee Harvey Oswald” By Robert Jackson, 1963 / Nikon S3.

Nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who killed US President John F. Kennedy, in the basement of Dallas Police Headquarters on live television just two days after his crime. The photo was captured by photographer Robert Jackson using a Nikon S3 camera.

#19 “The Soiling Of Old Glory” By Stanley Forman, 1976 / Nikon F.

Photographer Stanley Forman shot this photograph titled “The Soiling of Old Glory” on April 5, 1976. It shows a white teenager, Joseph Rakes, attacking a black civil rights activist Ted Landsmark using a flagpole with the American flag. The photo went on to win the Pulitzer Prize.


Written by Alex Bradley

Reading, creative writing, poetry writing, language learning and grappling with literature have been my passions since I was young. Keen interest in cinematography and music feilds. Completed my Ordinary and Advanced levels in languages stream successfully. I have taken part in European Union missions in Sri Lanka. I have also completed my certificate courses in programming. And also a student and working in Tourism and Hotelling. Apart from writing, i am a vocalist and environmentalist.

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