Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Photos that changed the world

I am a huge fan of photography, and when I came across the following clip I couldn't resist sharing it with you!

Here, Jonathan Klein of Getty Images shows some of the most iconic photos, and talks about what happens when a generation sees an image so powerful it can't look away - or back (Source).

The talk certainly reminded me of the photos from Mara that sent shivers down most Tanzanians' spines a couple of weeks ago.

Also, check out "Big Picture" after every two or three days to see amazing and incredible photos from all over the world. Unfortunately, there is only a handful of photos from East Africa - mostly negative ones. So, if you are pretty good at taking photos (and have got a very good camera, of course), don't hesitate to send your photos to Alan Taylor.


  1. Fantastic piece, SN - thank you for showing us this TED talk.

    Images are extremely powerful. As someone who carries a camera to grab images casually, I think Mr. Klein has put a new spin to my 'hobby'. I think it is important to consider the audience, as it is important for the audience to make an effort to understand under what context the picture was taken.

    About East Africa, do we have a "Getty Images" for the region? As you say, most of the pictures that portray East Africa are negative, but perhaps if a database can be compiled for local photographers, we can build a consistent and extensive stock of images. Newspaper journalists/photographers would be the first place to check out the feasibility of this, I imagine.

    Thanks again, and keep up the good work on this blog!

  2. Cheerz! Nice idea, hope the journalists back home think about it.

  3. big picture ina picha safi! cheki hizi za Sudan..