30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever

30 of the most powerful images ever - 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

A picture is worth a thousand words, but not all pictures are created equal. The pictures we usually feature on Thinking Humanity can be cute, beautiful, funny, or enchanting, but these pictures are powerful. They are gripping and unforgettable because of the volumes they speak about the human condition – about some of the best and worst moments of contemporary human existence.

We should warn our readers that some of these pictures may upset them, while others may fill them with joy. But that’s precisely because these images reflect some of the best and worst parts of the human experience and world events. Our post of must-see photos from the past described our history while these photos, for the most part, describe our present – our suffering and our triumphs, our perseverance and our failures, our compassion and our hatred, our intelligence and our stupidity.

Some of these photographs may mean more to some of our readers than to others. But hopefully, they will remind us all that the world can always use a little bit more love, tolerance, compassion and understanding.

P.S: we always try our best to credit each and every photographer, but sometimes it’s impossible to track some of them. Please leave a comment if you know the missing authors.

1. Starving boy and missionary

30 of the most powerful images ever - Starving boy and missionary
Mike Wells

2. Inside an Auschwitz gas chamber

30 of the most powerful images ever - Inside an Auschwitz gas chamber
kligon5

3. Heart surgeon after 23-hour-long (successful) heart transplant. His assistant is sleeping in the corner

30 of the most powerful images ever - Heart surgeon after 23-hour-long (successful) heart transplant. His assistant is sleeping in the corner
James Stanfield

4. Father and son (1949 vs 2009)

30 of the most powerful images ever - Father and son (1949 vs 2009)
Vojage-Vojage

5. 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

30 of the most powerful images ever - 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
salvemasnossascriancas

6. A Russian soldier playing an abandoned piano in Chechnya in 1994

30 of the most powerful images ever - A Russian soldier playing an abandoned piano in Chechnya in 1994
drugoi.livejournal

7. Young man just found out his brother was killed

30 of the most powerful images ever - Young man just found out his brother was killed
Nhat V. Meyer

8. Christians protect Muslims during prayer in the midst of the 2011 uprisings in Cairo, Egypt

30 of the most powerful images ever - Christians protect Muslims during prayer in the midst of the 2011 uprisings in Cairo, Egypt
Nevine Zaki

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

30 of the most powerful images ever - A firefighter gives water to a koala during the devastating Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia, in 2009
abc

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

30 of the most powerful images ever - Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for 7 months
Louie Favorite

11. Indian homeless men wait to receive free food distributed outside a mosque ahead of Eid al-Fitr in New Delhi, India

30 of the most powerful images ever - Indian homeless men wait to receive free food distributed outside a mosque ahead of Eid al-Fitr in New Delhi, India
Tsering Topgyal / AP

12. Zanjeer the dog saved thousands of lives during Mumbai serial blasts in March 1993 by detecting more than 3,329 kgs of the explosive RDX, 600 detonators, 249 hand grenades and 6406 rounds of live ammunition. He was buried with full honors in 2000

30 of the most powerful images ever - Zanjeer the dog saved thousands of lives during Mumbai serial blasts in March 1993 by detecting more than 3,329 kgs of the explosive RDX, 600 detonators, 249 hand grenades and 6406 rounds of live ammunition. He was buried with full honors in 2000
STR News / Reuters

13. Man Falling from the World Trade Center on 9/11. “The Falling Man.”

30 of the most powerful images ever - Man Falling from the World Trade Center on 9/11. “The Falling Man.”
Richard Drew /AP

14. Alcoholic father with his son

30 of the most powerful images ever - Alcoholic father with his son
imgur

15. Embracing couple in the rubble of a collapsed factory

30 of the most powerful images ever - Embracing couple in the rubble of a collapsed factory
Taslima Akhter

16. Sunset on Mars

30 of the most powerful images ever - Sunset on Mars
nasa

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

30 of the most powerful images ever - Five-year-old gypsy boy on New Year’s Eve 2006 in the gypsy community of St. Jacques, Perpignan, Southern France. It is quite common in St. Jacques for little boys to smoke
Jesco Denzel

18. Hhaing The Yu, 29, holds his face in his hand as rain falls on the decimated remains of his home near Myanmar’s capital of Yangon (Rangoon). In May 2008, cyclone Nargis struck southern Myanmar, leaving millions homeless and claiming more than 100,000 lives

30 of the most powerful images ever - Hhaing The Yu, 29, holds his face in his hand as rain falls on the decimated remains of his home near Myanmar’s capital of Yangon (Rangoon). In May 2008, cyclone Nargis struck southern Myanmar, leaving millions homeless and claiming more than 100,000 lives
Brian Sokol

19. A dog named “Leao” sits for a second consecutive day at the grave of her owner, who died in the disastrous landslides near Rio de Janiero in 2011.

30 of the most powerful images ever - A dog named “Leao” sits for a second consecutive day at the grave of her owner, who died in the disastrous landslides near Rio de Janiero in 2011.
Vanderlei Almeida / Getty Images

20. “Wait For Me Daddy,” by Claude P. Dettloff in New Westminster, Canada, October 1, 1940

30 of the most powerful images ever - “Wait For Me Daddy,” by Claude P. Dettloff in New Westminster, Canada, October 1, 1940
Claud Detloff

21. An old WW2 Russian tank veteran finally found the old tank in which he passed through the entire war – standing in a small Russian town as a monument

30 of the most powerful images ever - An old WW2 Russian tank veteran finally found the old tank in which he passed through the entire war – standing in a small Russian town as a monument
englishrussia

22. Flower power

30 of the most powerful images ever - Flower power
Bernie Boston

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

30 of the most powerful images ever - A woman sits amidst the wreckage caused by a massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami, in Natori, northern Japan, in March 2011
Asahi Shimbun, Toshiyuki Tsunenari /AP

24. The Graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, Holland, 1888

30 of the most powerful images ever - The Graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, Holland, 1888
retronaut

25. Greg Cook hugs his dog Coco after finding her inside his destroyed home in Alabama following the Tornado in March, 2012

30 of the most powerful images ever - Greg Cook hugs his dog Coco after finding her inside his destroyed home in Alabama following the Tornado in March, 2012
Gary Cosby Jr. / AP

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

30 of the most powerful images ever - Demonstration of condom usage at a public market in Jayapura, capital of Papua, 2009
Adri Tambunan

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

30 of the most powerful images ever - Russian soldiers preparing for the Battle of Kursk, July 1943
Shirak Karapetyan-Milshtein

28. During massive floods in Cuttack City, India, in 2011, a heroic villager saved numerous stray cats by carrying them with a basket balanced on his head

30 of the most powerful images ever - During massive floods in Cuttack City, India, in 2011, a heroic villager saved numerous stray cats by carrying them with a basket balanced on his head
Biswaranjan Rout / AP

29. An Afghan man offers tea to soldiers

30 of the most powerful images ever - An Afghan man offers tea to soldiers
Rafiq Maqbool / AP

30. Some parents, likely now in their 70's, still looking for their missing child.

30 of the most powerful images ever - Some parents, likely now in their 70's, still looking for their missing child.
reddit

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