World’s Most Famous Photographs

10. Burning monk: Journalist Malcolm Browne’s photograph of Thích Quảng Đức, a Vietnamese Buddhist Monk, who burned himself while protesting against persecution of Buddhists by South Vietnam’s Roman Catholic government.

Burning monk

9. Lunch atop a skyscraper:  A famous photograph taken by Charles C. Ebbets during construction of the RCA building at New York City. The photograph depicts eleven men eating lunch, seated on a girder.

Lunch atop a skyscraper

8. Gandhi at the spinning wheel: Photograph of M K Gandhi taken by Margaret Bourke-White, just a few hours before Gandhi was assassinated.

Gandhi at the spinning wheel

7. Omayra Sanchez: This photo is of Omayra Sanchez, a 13-year-old girl who died as a result of the Armero volcano disaster in Columbia. Taken by Frank Fournier in 1985.

Omayra Sanchez

6. Migrant mother: Photograph of Florence Owens Thompson taken by Dorothea Lange (1936). The photo later became an iconic image of Great Depression.

Migrant mother

5. Einstein’s birthday: This photo was taken by Arthur Sasse on Einstein’s 72nd birthday.

Einstein’s birthday

4. Sudan famine: This heartbreaking photo was taken by Kevin Carter during the famine in Sudan. The photographer committed suicide the next year, several months after this photo won the Pulitzer Prize.

Sudan famine

3. Trang Bang Napalm attack: This photo of nine-year-old Phan Thi Kim Phuc was taken by Nick Ut during a South Vietnamese napalm attack. Kim Phuc has recovered and now lives in Canada where she runs an organization that helps young war victims.

Trang Bang Napalm attack

2. Afghan girl: Photograph of Sharbat Gula taken by Steve McCurry. Gula was living as a refugee in Pakistan during the time of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan when she was photographed. The photo was featured on the cover of National Geographic magazine.

Afghan girl

1. Guerrillero heroico: An iconic photo of Marxist revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara wearing his black beret taken by Alberto Korda. Stylized versions of the photo has become famous as a symbol of rebellion within modern culture.

Guerrillero heroico