41 Powerful Photos That Perfectly Capture The Beauty And Horror Of Human Life

They’ve been called some of the most famous photos ever taken, because of how deeply they can resonate with you. You’ll be going through a whirl wind of emotions while viewing these…. I hope you can take something away from these 41 famous pictures.

1. A Rwandan boy left scarred after being liberated from a death camp

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2. An Irish teenager yells at British soldiers during unrest in Northern Ireland


3. Child smoking a cigarette

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4. Man feeding dangerously

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5. A man protests in Tiananmen Square, Beijing

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6. A child of the Erbore tribe, Ethiopia

38a7b43706559bf2b3896c9018be898b_970xSource: Copyright: Eric Lafforgue | www.ericlafforgue.com

7. The child of a KKK member touches his reflection in an African American police officer’s riot shield during a demonstration

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8. Violinist, Nancy Dinovo, cries while playing during a service at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Vancouver for the September 11 victims.

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9. A Brazilian protester moments before being fired upon during protests against corruption and police brutality

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10. Thania Sayne leans on the headstone of her husband the day before their wedding anniversary on 16 October 2013

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11. Captain Donald Spindler pulls 6 year-old Aaliyah Frazier from a fire in Indiana

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12. Jan Rose Kasmir offers a flower to soldiers during the Pentagon anti-war protest in 1967…. She was 17 years old

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13. Starving boy and missionary

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14. Inside an Auschwitz gas chamber

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15. Dr. Zbigniew Religa after a 23-hour-long successful heart transplant

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16. Father and son from 1949 – 2009

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17. 12 year old Brazilian, Diego Frazão Torquato, playing the violin at his teacher’s funeral. The teacher helped him escape poverty and violence through music

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18. Christians protect Muslims during prayer in the midst of the 2011 uprisings in Cairo, Egypt

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19. A firefighter giving water to a koala in the midst of a wildfire

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20. Indian homeless men wait to receive free food

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21. Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for 7 months

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22. Man Falling from the World Trade Center on 9/11

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23. Young man just found out his brother was killed

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24. Alcoholic father with his son

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25. Couple embracing in the rubble of a collapsed factory

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26. Sunset on Mars

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27. Five-year-old gypsy boy on New Year’s Eve 2006 in France

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28. Hhaing The Yu, 29, in front of the decimated remains of his home near Myanmar’s capital of Yangon, Rangoon. In May 2008, cyclone Nargis struck southern Myanmar, leaving millions homeless and claiming more than 100,000 lives

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29. “Leao” sits beside the grave of her owner, who died in the disastrous landslides near Rio de Janiero in 2011

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30. “Wait For Me Daddy,” by Claude P. Dettloff

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31. An old WW2 Russian tank veteran finally found the old tank in which he passed through the entire war

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32. Parents still looking for their missing child

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33. The Graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband

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34. Greg Cook hugs his dog Coco after finding her inside his destroyed home in Alabama after a deadly tornado

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35. Demonstration of cond*m usage at a public market in Jayapura

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36. During massive floods in Cuttack City, India, a heroic villager saved numerous stray cats by carrying them with a basket balanced on his head

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37. An Afghan man offers tea to soldiers

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38. A Russian soldier playing an abandoned piano in Chechnya in 1994

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39. The power of the flower

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40. A woman sits amidst the wreckage caused by a massive earthquake in Japan

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41. Zanjeer the dog saved thousands of lives during the Mumbai bomb blasts in March 1993 by detecting more than 3,329 kgs of the explosive RDX, 600 detonators, 249 hand grenades and 6406 rounds of live ammunition. He was buried with full honors in 2000

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