The Most Iconic Photos Ever Taken

Infographic - the most iconic photos ever taken

A picture paints a thousand words and can create an unforgettable adventure in our imaginations forever! But there are some photos that do more than this, and go on to define an era or shape popular culture. We’re taking a look at some of the more memorable in our latest infographic of five of the most iconic photos ever taken!

A Man on the Moon

Neil Armstrong may have been the first person to set foot on the moon, but the pictures of the Apollo mission we know so well are actually of Buzz Aldrin! In the most famous image, Aldrin stands alone on the moon, his shadow, the lunar module and Armstrong reflected in his visor. Not only does this photo illustrate the leap for mankind, it also reminds us how small we actually are in the universe! Find out more about how the moon landing changed the world here!  

Lunch Atop a Skyscraper

Photographs don’t come much more iconic than this snap from an unknown photographer in 1932! These men eating their lunch 69 floors from the ground, supported only by a beam, came to symbolise the ambition of a New York City in the middle of the Great Depression. Nowadays, you can find the image everywhere, from walls to magnets and t-shirts to mugs, and it’s one of the most enduring scenes from the Big Apple!

The Beatles Abbey Road

50 years ago the late Iain Macmillan took the photo for what went on to be one of the most well-known and influential album covers of all time. Macmillan had a total of ten minutes to take the picture, during which he was perched on a ladder in the middle of Abbey Road while a policeman stopped traffic. The rest is history. It’s a photo that still resonates with the public today and Abbey Road is a popular destination for tourists. To mark the 50th anniversary of the White Album recently, people flocked from all over to recreate the image for themselves!

Marilyn Monroe ‘Flying Skirt’

This moment taken from the Seven Year Itch, featuring Marilyn Monroe battling an upward breeze is one of the most recognisable moments from the history of film. The 1954 film scene took 14 takes, but still had to be reshot back on set in California. This was due to the large crowd that had gathered to watch the original shoot in New York, who cheered loudly each time Monroe’s skirt blew up. Awkward moment anyone?  

V-J Day in Times Square

Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt was on the hunt for the perfect ‘storytelling moment’ when he snapped this well-loved image in 1945! On the day the Second World War ended, spirits were high, especially in the chaotic crowds of Times Square. Although it would be more controversial if taken today, a sailor planting a kiss on a passing nurse created one the most frequently reproduced pictures of the 20th century.

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