Sunday, July 23, 2017

Framing history

Attempting to identify "the 100 most influential images of all time" is a mind-bogglingly enormous task - and a very contentious one at that - but you simply can't disagree that the pictures that have been selected for Time's 100 Photos project aren't all, in their own way, absolutely stunning.

No doubt some of the photos will be familiar, but many won't. The gallery includes the work of numerous celebrated photographers (everyone from Henri Cartier-Bresson and Alfred Stieglitz up to Robert Mapplethorpe and Annie Liebowitz) but also pictures taken by lesser-known photojournalists and amateurs who happened to find themselves in the right place at the right time.

Time journalists have researched the historical context and circumstances surrounding each image, talking to those who captured them if possible, and the accompanying blurbs are almost as fascinating as the pictures themselves.

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