10 Iconic Photos for National Photography Day


Actor James Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause" (Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia)

August 19th celebrates the passion for photography in our communities. So grab your cameras and capture a moment in time. You never know, your photo might become iconic one day!

Marilyn Monroe

Sam Shaw, 1954, Flying Skirt

Marilyn Monroe’s skirt is blown by a subway vent while filming The Seven Year Itch. It’s rumored that the photo Joe DiMaggio, her husband at the time, and they divorced soon after.

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Abbey Road

Lain Macmillan, August 8, 1969, Abbey Road

George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon cross Abbey Road in single file for the cover of their eponymous studio album.

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Migrant Mother

Dorothea Lange, 1936, Migrant Mother

The photo pictures Florence Owens Thompson who represents the struggling mothers of the Great Depression.

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Lunchtime on Beam

Charles Clyde Ebbets, 1932, Lunchtime Atop a Skyscraper

This photo was taken during the construction of eh RCA Building at 30 Rockefeller Center in NYC. It shows 11 construction workers casually eating lunch on a crossbeam that’s almost 100 feet above the city streets.

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V-J in Times Square

Alfreid Eisenstaedt, August 14, 1945, V-J in Times Square

An American sailor kisses a woman in a white dress on Victory over Japan day in NYC. The photo was published shortly after by Life magazine.

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Man on the Moon

Neil Armstrong, July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin on the Moon

Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, captures this photo of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin as he becomes the second man on the moon.

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Flag Raising

Joe Rosenthal/the Associated Press, February 23, 1945, Raising the Flag

Six United States marines raise the U.S. flag on top on Mount Suribachi during the battle of Iwo Jima in WWII.

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Yousuf Karsh, 1941, Portrait of Winston Churchill

Karsh apparently was only given two minutes by Churchill to snap the portrait. At the end of WWII, it was used as the cover for Life magazine.

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Olympics Black Power Salute, 1968

200-meter Gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos protest against racial discrimination at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City by raising their fists during the American national anthem.

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Che Guevara

Alberto Korda, March 5, 1960, Guerrillero Heroico

Korda’s photograph of Che Guevara was taken at a memorial service for victims of the La Coubre explosion in Havana, Cuba. After Guevara’s execution, the image became an iconic depiction of the charismatic and controversial leader.

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