Time - 100 Photographs - The Most Influential Images of All Time - USA (2019)

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she wouldn’t be covering her breasts. She wouldn’t

necessarily be looking at the camera.”

The impact of those moments has dwindled amid

yet another technological change. When Philippe

Kahn rigged his cell phone to take a picture of his

newborn daughter more than 20 years ago, he could

scarcely imagine that his invention would change the

world. Of course, now everyone is a photographer, a

publisher and a consumer. This has largely been to

the good. Our connection with photography is more

personal and immediate than ever—that it took sev-

eral days and multiple plane fl ights for Robert Capa’s

pictures of the D-Day landings to see the light of day

seems impossible when today our feeds are bursting

with images from every corner of the globe. But the

digital revolution has made quantifying infl uence a

particular challenge. Likes and shares are a very real

metric, but are they enough? And what of a picture

that was never published in any traditional way? Un-

less you are in viral marketing, there is nothing to

admire in the poorly framed, celebrity- packed Os-

cars selfi e organized by Ellen DeGeneres. Yet the

picture’s astounding reach through social media

makes it one of the most seen images of all time. Per-

haps only Richard Prince, whose “rephotography”
anticipated this moment of instant sharing and mu-
table ownership, could have seen it coming.
But not all things change. In the process of put-
ting this list together, we noticed that one aspect of
infl uence has largely remained constant throughout
photography’s more than 175 years. The photogra-
pher has to be there. The best photography is a form
of bearing witness, a way of bringing a single vision
to the larger world. That was as true for Alexander
Gardner when he took his horse-pulled darkroom to
the Battle of Antietam in 1862 as it was for David
Guttenfelder when he was the fi rst professional pho-
tographer to post directly to Instagram from inside
North Korea in 2013. As James Nachtwey, who has
dedicated his life to being there, put it some years
ago, “You keep on going, keep on sending the pic-
tures, because they can create an atmosphere where
change is possible. I always hang on to that.”

Goldberger, a TIME executive editor; Moakley, TIME’s former
deputy director of photography and visual enterprise; and Pollack,
TIME’s former director of photography and visual enterprise, are
the editors of the 100 Photographs project.

DEMI MOORE by Annie Leibovitz

on the cover of the August 1991
issue of Vanity Fair.

The Marlboro ad that became the
basis of Richard Prince’s
controversial Untitled (Cowboy).
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