Time Inc. has put together the “100 Photographs | The Most Influential Images of All Time” website and book. None of use lived long enough to see all these pictures shortly after they made – the oldest one in this collection dates from 1826. But I’m pretty certain that anyone with an interest in photography (and an interest in what happens in the world) recognises a sizeable number of them!
There is no formula that makes a picture influential. Some images are on our list because they were the first of their kind, others because they shaped the way we think. And some made the cut because they directly changed the way we live. What all 100 share is that they are turning points in our human experience.
I do hope the website can last a long time – forever, ideally. And if it doesn’t, you’d better have the book lying on a nearby table. These pictures are memories, not just for a few individuals, but for a global community.