List of photographs considered the most important

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This is a list of photographs considered the most important in surveys where authoritative sources review the history of the medium not limited by time period, genre, topic, or other specific criteria. These images may be referred to as the most important, most iconic, or most influential—but they are all considered key images in the history of photography.

19th century[edit]

Before 1850[edit]

  • William Henry Fox Talbot, Windows From Inside South Gallery, Lacock Abbey, August 1835.[a][5][1] – The earliest surviving photographic negative and the earliest surviving paper photograph.[5][6]
  • Original paper negative

  • Enhanced positive

1850s[edit]

  • Nadar, The Mime Charles Debureau as Pierrot, 1854.[1]
  • Pierrot Laughing MET DT1166.jpg
  • Félix Nadar - Pierrot the photographer - Google Art Project.jpg
  • Nadar-Tournachon Deburau Pierrot.jpg
  • Pierrot Climbing Through a Window, 1854–1855, by Nadar.jpg
  • Pierrot Running MET DT324602.jpg

1860s[edit]

1870s[edit]

1880s[edit]

  • Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, Water Rats, 1886.[1]
  • Jacob Riis, Bandit's Roost, 59½ Mulberry Street, 1888.[2]

1890s[edit]

20th century[edit]

1900s[edit]

1910s[edit]

1920s[edit]

1930s[edit]

1940s[edit]

1950s[edit]

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

21st century[edit]

2000s[edit]

2010s[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Talbot's 1835 photograph has also been referred to as Lacock Oriel Window (Latticed Window)[1] or simply Latticed Window.[4]
  2. ^ The Metropolitan Museum of Art dates their copy of Talbot's Haystack as "probably 1841".[8] The National Gallery of Canada dates it to April 1844.[9]
  3. ^ Gustave Le Grey's The Brig is also referred to as Brig on the Water[11][12] and The Brig in Moonlight.[13]
  4. ^ Alexander Gardener's 1862 The Dead of Antietam is also referred to as Civil War Battlefield or Bodies on the battlefield at Antietam.
  5. ^ Huynh Cong “Nick” Ut's 1972 Napalm attack is also referred to as The Terror of War, Phan Thị Kim Phúc, or Vietnam children after napalm attack.

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Clarke, Graham (8 May 1997). The Photograph. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press. p. 16. ISBN 978-0-19-284200-8.
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  9. ^ "William Henry Fox Talbot | The Haystack". National Gallery of Canada. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
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  11. ^ "Brig on the Water". Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Brig on the Water". Princeton University Art Museum. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Gustave Le Gray, The Brig". Musée d'Orsay. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
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  22. ^ "The Camera Overseas: 136,000,000 People See This Picture of Shanghai's South Station". Life. Time, Inc. 3 (14): 102–103. 4 October 1937. ISSN 0024-3019.
  23. ^ Buell, Hal (2006). Uncommon Valor, Common Virtue: Iwo Jima and the Photograph that Captured America. Berkeley, California: Berkeley Publishing Group/Penguin Group. pp. 104, 221. ISBN 978-0-425-20980-6. Archived from the original on 8 July 2014.
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