For the last couple of centuries the world has been shaped by the pictures that we take. (For better or worse, this now includes selfies.)
They say a picture's worth a thousand words, and these pictures definitely prove it. The following images are not only striking, they completely changed the world. Let's take a look at pictures that had the power to transform society as we know it.
1. The First Photograph, 1826/7
Okay, so it may not be much, but this
attempt at capturing the beauty of a French estate by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce is the very first known photo ever taken. The medium has improved since the 1820s, but it's still monumental. If it wasn't awesome to be first, people wouldn't always write it on comment boards, right?
2. Hindenburg Diaster, 1937
According to History Today , this particular footage by Sam Shere captured during this crash led to the downfall of the airship industry. Airplanes were on the rise, and this crash cemented their place in history. Thankfully, airplanes turned out to be way safer.
3. Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, 1945
This photo by Joe Rosenthal captured a moment of victory during WWII. This in turn spurred US citizens to
buy war bonds, which injected enough money into the economy to eventually provide the funds that would help win the war.
4. Drama of Life Before Birth, 1965
According to , this set of photos was the first to capture life for a baby growing in utero. It forever changed the way society thought of pregnancy. Photographer Lennart Nilsson had to essentially invent a new type of technology to capture these photos, and he has become known for bridging the gap between science and art. Time
5. Buzz Aldrin Apollo 11 Mission, 1969
According to , the Apollo 11 mission marked a victory over the Soviet Union during the Cold War. During a time in American history that was incredibly tumultuous due to the Civil Rights movement, this photo developed a sense of pride and unity throughout the nation. The Cold War Museum
6. The First Camera Phone Picture, 1997
The iPhone is not the originator of camera phone pics. Tech wiz Philippe Kahn captured his newborn daughter by combining
a digital camera with his phone. He was then able to transmit it wirelessly to friends and family. And the age of camera phones began...