Top 25 most famous photographs in the world
Discovered at a photography exhibition or on the front page of international newspapers, these 25 photos have marked our time and the history of photography.
N°25 – V-J Day in Times Square (1945) - Albert Eisenstaedt
The fiery kiss of a sailor and a young woman celebrating the end of the Second World War.
N°24 – Dali Atomicus (1948) – Philippe Halsman
The master of surrealism and the photographer reproduce special effects before their time.
N°23 – Bradley Cooper's Oscar selfie (2014)
This selfie taken at the Academy Awards ceremony holds the record for the most stars in one shot.
N°22 – Windblown Jackie (1971) - Ron Galella
The First Lady captured by one of the first paparazzi.
N°21 – D Day (1944) – Robert Capa
The photojournalist watches the Allied landings in Normandy with trembling hands.
N°20 – The Situation Room (2011) – Pete Souza
President Barack Obama and his team following the capture of Bin Laden.
N°19 – Dovima and the Elephants (1955) - Richard Avedon
A legendary fashion photograph taken at the Winter Circus for Harper's Bazaar.
N°18 – L. Brejnev et E. Honecker (1979) – Régis Bossu
An unexpected Russian-style kiss in the middle of the Cold War, reproduced on the Berlin Wall.
N°17 – Mohammed Ali vs. Sonny Liston - (1955) Neil Leifer
The immortalisation of Muhammad Ali's knockout of Sonny Liston.
N°16 - Migrant Mother (1936) - Dorothea Lange
A photograph that became a symbol of the Great Depression and then a standard bearer for refugees.
N°15 – Napalm Girl (1972) Nick Ut
An illustration of the horror of the Vietnam war, which helped to raise public awareness.
N°14 – Mickael Jordan (1984) – Co Rentmeester
A moving picture of one of the most iconic sports figures.
N°13 – The Pillow Fight (1964) – Harry Benson
Brotherly image of the band celebrating their success.
N°12 – Behind the Gare Saint Lazare (1932) – Henri Cartier Bresson
A superb play of reflections captured in monochrome.
N°11 – The Green-Eyed Afghan (1984) - Steeve Mc Curry
The iconic image of an Afghan girl in a camp in Pakistan, who has become a refugee icon.
N°10 – Guerillero Heroico (1960) –Alberto Korda
A portrait of Che Guevara, symbol of the Cuban revolution and then of pop culture.
N°9 – The Loch Ness Monster (1934) – Unknown photographer
The first (faked) photo of Nessie that sowed doubt for a few years.
N°8 – Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville (1950) Robert Doisneau
An essential image staged for Life magazine.
N°7 – Man on the Moon (1969) Neil Armstrong
The first man to walk on the moon immortalizes his teammate.
N°6 – Black Power Salute (1968) John Dominis
Tommie Smith and John Carlos and their famous Black Panther salute at the medal ceremony in Mexico City.
N°5 – Lunch on top of a skyscraper (1932) - Unknown photographer
Published in the New York Herald Tribune, this image of 11 workers building the America of tomorrow was an advertisement for the Rockefeller Center.
N°4 – (1963) – Robert H Jackson
The photographer received the Pulitzer Prize for this photo of the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged murderer of JFK, by Jack Ruby.
N°3 – Albert Einstein (1951) – Arthur Sasse
A facetious portrait captured on the spot on his 72nd birthday.
N°2– Marilyn Monroe (1955) Sam Shaw
A legendary image taken on the streets of New York to end the shooting of 7 Years of Thinking.
N°1 - L’Homme de la place Tian’anmen (1989) - Jeff Widener
Probably the most famous photograph, a symbol of the inequality of a fight between students and the Chinese army. To this day the identity of the man facing the tank remains unknown.
© Justine Grosset, for Zeinberg