On November 17, Time Magazine released a pretty cool multimedia project that highlights what Time deemed the 100 most influential images from 175 years of photographic history. It celebrates “175th anniversary of photography and the birth of photojournalism”
The images include famous ones like The Afghan Girl, Tiananmen Square, Che Guevara and Muhammed Ali.
Each image is accompanied by the story behind the image and in some cases more images. For example, if you click on “Milk Drop Coronet” by Harold Edgerton, you can see more images by Edgerton and a short documentary about Edgerton and the image called Milk Drop.
We’ll note that not every image has as in depth of reporting as Milk Drop Coronet. The image of Che Guevara, for example, only has a short essay about the image. That said, the essay does a great job of explaining the image and hinting at it’s prolonged presence in pop culture. Only 20 of the images come with documentaries.
The project is being published online, in print and in a commemorative hardcover book.
Time interviewed photographers, celebrities, historical figures and more to discover the history of each image and bring context to the images.
“Each one is unique for the way in which it changed, influenced, or commemorated a particular world event,” says Time. “From the first sports photograph to ever win the Pulitzer Prize – that of Babe Ruth at Yankee Stadium to the photograph of Student Neda Agha-Soltan’s death during Iran’s 2009 election protests, each of the photographs in 100 Photographs: The Most Influential Images of All Time is significant in how it forever changed how we live, learn, communicate, and in many cases, view the world.”
Here’s a trailer for the project:
The project is available to view online now, and you can check out the project here.