Most Iconic Photographs of All Time

Most Iconic Images Since 1932

Most Recent: 2012-2016

Photography has been the catalyst to many stories told around the world. It has most certainly become a platform to capture moments in time that we hold onto dearly. It is our way of communicating with the world and expressing our lives and the lives of others. In essence, photography has been the bridge that connects us all together.

Many photographs have surfaced around the world that speak to us on some level; whether it be to convey emotion, bring a call-to-action or tell a story that would otherwise be left untold. With that being said, here are the top five most iconic photographs from 2012 to 2016:

2012: Federal Government to Investigate Shooting of Unarmed Teen Trayvon Martin

Joe Raedle is a photojournalist that captured this touching photograph on March 21, 2012, at a protest for Trayvon Martin, who was killed on February 26. Protestors stood in unison to ensure that Martin and his heartbreaking story got the media attention it deserved.

The 17-year-old Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch person, after walking home from buying an Arizona Iced Tea and Skittles from the convenience store. Zimmerman claimed that Martin was displaying threatening behavior, which resulted in him shooting the teen out of self-defense. The protestors shown hold a can of iced tea and Skittles in representation of the injustice that Trayvon Martin faced.

2013: Car Bomb in Peshawar

Sajjad is a photographer based in Pakistan who captured the third bombing in Peshawar, a town in northwest Pakistan. On September 29, 2013, Sajjad photographed a Pakistani man running away from the site of the car bombing. While hard to look at, the fear in the man’s face, the child covered in debris and smoke, and the overall conditions of the town forced viewers to take a hard look at the world around us.

2014: Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

The debris and remains of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 that was shot down on July 17, 2014 was found in Grabovo, Ukraine near the Russian border. This photograph is flooded with emotion as it looks closely at the aftermath of this unfortunate catastrophe that affected many families. The plane was on its way to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam and was shot down by a Russian BUK missile, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew members.

2015: Baltimore Riots after Death of Freddy Gray

This image captures one rioter throwing a gas canister back at the police on April 28, 2015 following Freddie Gray’s funeral. Freddie Gray was a 25-year-old Baltimore man who suffered spinal cord injuries, leading to his death, after being in police custody. The city of Baltimore was in an uproar, looting various stores to express their anger towards the injustice that Gray suffered at the hands of the police.

2016: Chicago Cubs Celebrate Historic World Series Win

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It had been a long time coming for the Chicago Cubs, and Ezra Shaw captured this historic moment on November 2, 2016, that left all of Chicago ecstatic. Chicago celebrated the Cubs winning the World Series for the first time since 1908. The photograph is bursting with emotion as Shaw perfectly displayed the excitement on the player’s faces after a hard-earned win.

Most Iconic Images 1932-2012



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