22 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever

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A picture is worth a thousand words, but not all pictures are created equal. The pictures we usually feature on Bored Panda can be cute, beautiful, funny, or enchanting, but these pictures are powerful. They are gripping and unforgettable because of the volumes they speak about the human condition – about some of the best and worst moments of contemporary human existence.

We should warn our readers that some of these pictures may upset them, while others may fill them with joy. But that’s precisely because these images reflect some of the best and worst parts of the human experience and world events. Our post of must-see photos from the past described our history while these photos, for the most part, describe our present – our suffering and our triumphs, our perseverance and our failures, our compassion and our hatred, our intelligence and our stupidity.

Some of these photographs may mean more to some of our readers than to others. But hopefully, they will remind us all that the world can always use a little bit more love, tolerance, compassion and understanding.

P.S: we always try our best to credit each and every photographer, but sometimes it’s impossible to track some of them. Please leave a comment if you know the missing authors.

1. Starving boy and missionary

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Image credits: Mike Wells

2. Inside an Auschwitz gas chamber

 

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Image credits: kligon5

3. Heart surgeon after 23-hour-long (successful) heart transplant. His assistant is sleeping in the corner.

 

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Image credits: James Stanfield

4. Father and son (1949 vs 2009)

 

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Image credits: Vojage-Vojage

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

 

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Image credits: salvemasnossascriancas.blogspot.com

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

 

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Image credits: drugoi.livejournal.com

7. Young man just found out his brother was killed

 

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Image credits: Nhat V. Meyer

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

 

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Image credits: Nevine Zaki

9. A firefighter gives water to a koala during the devastating Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia, in 2009

 

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Image credits: abc.net.au

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

 

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Image credits: Louie Favorite

 

 

11. Alcoholic father with his son

 

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Image credits: imgur.com

12. Embracing couple in the rubble of a collapsed factory

 

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Image credits: Taslima Akhter

13. Sunset on Mars

 

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Image credits: nasa.gov

14. Five-year-old gypsy boy on New Year’s Eve 2006 in the gypsy community of St. Jacques, Perpignan, Southern France. It is quite common in St. Jacques for little boys to smoke

 

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Image credits: Jesco Denzel

15. Hhaing The Yu, 29, holds his face in his hand as rain falls on 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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Image credits: Brian Sokol

16. “Wait For Me Daddy,” by Claude P. Dettloff in New Westminster, Canada, October 1, 1940

 

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Image credits: Claud Detloff

17. An old WW2 Russian tank veteran finally found the old tank in which he passed through the entire war – standing in a small Russian town as a monument

 

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Image credits: englishrussia.com

18. Flower power

 

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Image credits: Bernie Boston

 

19. The Graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, Holland, 1888

 

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Image credits: retronaut.com

20. Demonstration of condom usage at a public market in Jayapura, capital of Papua, 2009

 

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Image credits: Adri Tambunan

21. Russian soldiers preparing for the Battle of Kursk, July 1943

 

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Image credits: Shirak Karapetyan-Milshtein

Update: Our reader Leif-Erik pointed out that this photograph was actually created in 2006-2007 for a photo competition. It is based on archive photos from the war in Russia in 1941-1945.

22. Some parents, likely now in their 70′s, still looking for their missing child.

 

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Image credits: reddit.com

 

P.S: we always try our best to credit each and every photographer, but sometimes it’s impossible to track some of them. Please leave a comment if you know the missing authors.

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