Photos are not taken, they are made, and only the best of photographers will understand this. Anyone can take a photo, but to catch a photo at the right time to express the right emotion comes down to talent. These photographers have made their photos bring out a bundle of emotion; they have managed to express the brutality this world has managed to lash out on each other. They have captured such moments that one would think, what have we done or are still doing to each other?? Man has been the worst predator, stooped down to the dignity of animals to kill in the face of justice and greed. What these award winning photographers have shown us will certainly prove that.
1. In 1985, in Columbia, a volcano erupted that destroyed the village of Armero. One of the victims of the village was Omayra Sanchez a 13 year old. She was stuck in the clay, mud and water from her own house. Her situation was such that of they did nothing she would die and if they attempted a rescue then it would involve amputation followed by hospitalization, which was not possible because of a lack of proper medical facilities, in which case she would die. For three days she was stuck as the world televised her agony, but it was this photo by Photographer Frank Fournier that shook the world. All she dreamt of during these three days was her school, friends and family. She did eventually die as the world lashed the Columbian government for their negligence and lack of support to the victims. Frank won the 1986 World Press Photo Premier Award for this click.
2. This snap taken in Uganda in 1980 during the famine and period of starvation shook the planet. This photo said it all, none was left to say.
3. This photo of a vulture waiting for the starving kid to die to eat him created a massive uproar around the world. The photographer although receiving an award for it received huge criticism for not lending a hand to the dying child. A few months later he killed himself.
4. One of the biggest industrial tragedies till date, the Bhopal gas tragedy killed up to 15,000 people and harmed up to 500,000. One such photo that described the immensity of this incident was from Pablo Bartholomew. Pablo caught this image of a man burying his son and this one pic said it all.
5. Taken in 1932 during the great depression, this is a snap of a mother who had seven children and during this time found it difficult to feed them. She sold her tent to do so as this picture headed to the front page of the newspapers.
6. The Hindenburg Airship crash. May 6th,1937 fuelled the end of airships.
7. Taken by Malcolm W. Browne in 1963. Here the monk scorched himself to death to protest the persecution of the monks by the Vietnamese government. He did not scream or move an inch during the burning.
8. Taken by Michael Clancy during the Spina Bifidus Operation. The photographer was shocked to see what happened on the operation table, here, the 21 week fetus’s hand came out only to firmly grip the finger of the doctor in charge. This photo was and is still used to fight abortion.
9. July 21st, 1969, Neil Armstrong is the first man to set foot on the moon.
10. A photo of an Iraqi prisoner consoling his son. His son was grieved and the prisoner requested them to release his hands so that he can comfort him.
11. During the war in Nigeria, here is a picture of the Igbo tribe, most of whom who died of starvation during the war. This was shot by Don Mccullin to stress on the seriousness of the issue in Nigeria.
12. A homeless and hungry man finds food fallen on the railway track to eat off in India.
13. Three hours before John Lennon was assassinated he signed an autograph for the man who would become his assassinator. This was that very moment.
14. 9/11, the second attack.
15. Shot by a sniper, the soldier hugs a priest in his last moments of his life in 1962.