Top 10 World Most Famous Photos Ever

October 4, 2008 · Posted in People, Pictures, Shocking 

01. Afghan Girl [1984]
Photographer: Steve McCurry

Famous photo, The Afghan Girl

And of course the afghan girl, picture shot by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry. Sharbat Gula was one of the students in an informal school within the refugee camp; McCurry, rarely given the opportunity to photograph Afghan women, seized the opportunity and captured her image. She was approximately 12 years old at the time. She made it on the cover of National Geographic next year, and her identity was discovered in 1992.

02. Omayra Sánchez [1985]
Photographer: Frank Fournier

Famous photo, Omayra Sanchez

Omayra Sánchez was one of the 25,000 victims of the Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia) volcano which erupted on November 14, 1985. The 13-year old had been trapped in water and concrete for 3 days. The picture was taken shortly before she died and it caused controversy due to the photographer’s work and the Colombian government’s inaction in the midst of the tragedy, when it was published worldwide after the young girl’s death.

03. Portrait of Winston Churchill [1941]
Photograph from: Yousuf Karsh

Famous photo, Portrait of Winston Churchill

This photograph was taken by Yousuf Karsh, a Canadian photographer, when Winston Churchill came to Ottawa. The portrait of Churchill brought Karsh international fame. It is claimed to be the most reproduced photographic portrait in history. It also appeared on the cover of Life magazine.

04. The plight of Kosovo refugees [1999]
Photographer: Carol Guzy

Famous photo, The Plight of Kosovo Refugees

The photo is part of The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning entry (2000) showing how a Kosovar refugee Agim Shala, 2, is passed through a barbed wire fence into the hands of grandparents at a camp run by United Arab Emirates in Kukes, Albania. The members of the Shala family were reunited here after fleeing the conflict in Kosovo.

05. Stricken child crawling towards a food camp [1994]
Photographer: Kevin Carter

Famous photo, stricken child crawling towards a food camp

The photo is the “Pulitzer Prize” winning photo taken in 1994 during the Sudan Famine.
The picture depicts stricken child crawling towards an United Nations food camp, located a kilometer away.

The vulture is waiting for the child to die so that it can eat him. This picture shocked the whole world. No one knows what happened to the child, including the photographer Kevin Carter who left the place as soon as the photograph was taken.

Three months later he committed suicide due to depression.

06. Segregated Water Fountains [1950]
Photographer: Elliott Erwitt, Magnum Photos

Famous photo, Segregated Water Fountains

Picture of segregated water fountains in North Carolina taken by Elliott Erwitt.

07. Burning Monk – The Self-Immolation [1963]
Photographer: Malcolm Browne

Famous photo, Burning Monk

June 11, 1963, Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk from Vietnam, burned himself to death at a busy intersection in downtown Saigon to bring attention to the repressive policies of the Catholic Diem regime that controlled the South Vietnamese government at the time. Buddhist monks asked the regime to lift its ban on flying the traditional Buddhist flag, to grant Buddhism the same rights as Catholicism, to stop detaining Buddhists and to give Buddhist monks and nuns the right to practice and spread their religion.

While burning Thich Quang Duc never moved a muscle.

08. Bliss [~2000]

Famous photo, Bliss
Photographer: Charles O’Rear

Bliss is the name of a photograph of a landscape in Napa County, California, east of Sonoma Valley. It contains rolling green hills and a blue sky with stratocumulus and cirrus clouds. The image is used as the default computer wallpaper for the “Luna” theme in Windows XP.

The photograph was taken by the professional photographer Charles O’Rear, a resident of St. Helena in Napa County, for digital-design company HighTurn. O’Rear has also taken photographs of Napa Valley for the May 1979 National Geographic Magazine article Napa, Valley of the Vine.

O’Rear’s photograph inspired Windows XP’s US$ 200 million advertising campaign Yes you can.

09. The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire [1911]
Photographer: International Ladies Garmet workers Union

Famous photo, The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Picture of bodies at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. Company rules were to keep doors closed to the factory so workers (mostly immigrant women) couldn’t leave or steal. When a fire ignited, disaster struck. 146 people died that day.


Finally, a question for you……… ….. Who is this famous guy?

Top 10 World Most Famous Photos


201 Responses to “Top 10 World Most Famous Photos Ever”

  1. kevin on October 14th, 2008 11:23 am

    Marx, and no way are these the top 10 most famous photos in the world.

  2. nanja on October 14th, 2008 1:20 pm

    I thought they were good, I never saw half of these, yeah not the best in the world but its a start for sure….. I still say good job and a good collection.

  3. mnrp on October 15th, 2008 12:58 am

    why must be karl marx?

    AFAIK, the most famous photo is Che Guavara

  4. Reza on October 16th, 2008 3:59 pm

    I think the most famous name is stupid Ahmadinejad

  5. mohamad reza on October 17th, 2008 7:03 am

    im sorry for reza. ahmadinejad is the best man in the world

  6. leila on October 17th, 2008 12:56 pm

    yea, sure he is mohammad reza, but not for Iranians, maybe for the rest of the world!!!

  7. BLAHNESS on October 28th, 2008 6:11 am

    ill tel u the most famous pic in the world



  8. Joseph Chembezi on October 31st, 2008 3:40 am

    The Che is one of the most famous pics/photographs in the world. How could it miss from this list

  9. Mr.Bean on December 12th, 2008 7:14 pm

    People r so stupid. wat r people learning in school these days. the most famous picture is….me lol. jk. it’s the MONA LISA. I have no pity 4 the dumb people in his sad world

  10. Alex on December 13th, 2008 5:46 pm

    Behold the power of stupidity! Mona Lisa is a painting, those are photos. Spot the difference.

  11. Nirmal K Boran on December 24th, 2008 2:53 am

    why there is not a photo of MONALISA

  12. Joey Ratz on January 10th, 2009 4:12 pm

    cause its a painting duh

  13. king DOng on February 4th, 2009 2:58 pm

    carl marx is the pic , and the most famouse picture in the world recognisible by any body on this planet is a portrait of adolf hitler .. u dumb mother fuckers

  14. Dumb asses on February 14th, 2009 1:26 am


  15. Marc on March 7th, 2009 11:57 am

    First off, yes… these are photographs and the Mona Lisa is a painting. It can not be included on this list. This is a nice collection and I agree with some of the other photos people mention to add to this list. Another that has definitely been overlooked is the first picture of Earth taken after Apollo 11 landed on the moon…

  16. Michael John on April 6th, 2009 2:18 am

    Grabe nakakaiyak naman yung litratong nasa numerong pang-lima.Di ko kakayaning matulad sa batang iyon na siguro’y kinain na ng kwago.Siguro kaya nagpakamatay yung potograpo ay dahil minulto siya nang batang kinuhaan niya ng litrato.Siguro nagalit yung kaluluwa nang batang kinuhaan niya ng litrato kaya dinalaw yung potograpo,minulto at pinatay.

  17. Rick Judge on June 3rd, 2009 11:32 am

    No Tiananmen Square Tank Man?

  18. Anonymous on June 28th, 2009 9:43 pm

    That guy is Karl Marx

  19. Karl Marx on July 10th, 2009 7:45 am

    It’s me, bitches!

  20. Karl Marx on July 27th, 2009 9:24 am

    It’s Mendelejev!

  21. dn on July 30th, 2009 3:59 am

    as far as education goes its Albert Einstein, Issac Newton and William far as entertainment goes its Charlie Chaplin and Michael far as religion goes its Jesus Christ and as far as power is concerned the most powerful and infamous position of the world is that of the president of U.S.A.

  22. David on August 7th, 2009 3:06 pm

    Come on, what about the famous picture of Che Guevara that’s on all the T-Shirts? What about the Vietnamese napalm girl? What about Saigon Execution? What about the first picture of the earth ever taken from space?

  23. Brijesh on August 13th, 2009 11:26 pm

    All photoes are impressive

  24. Jual beli di Dinomarket on September 5th, 2009 11:29 am

    all these photo are the best…

  25. oka on September 5th, 2009 6:39 pm

    karl marx…!!!

  26. baffy98 on October 8th, 2009 3:38 am

    The pic of the child and vulture is shocking!!

    Where is Korda’s Che?

    Where are the Marines raising the US flag on Iwo Jima?

    The Russian infrantyman sticking the Soviet flag on the Reichstag?

    The Moon landing???

    The burning girl of Vietnam or the execution of a Vietcong?

    Einstein sticking his tongue out?

  27. Anonymous on October 13th, 2009 4:07 am

    Chill out people. Everyone of us have our own choice of top 10 photos, the author has his own and he can’t please everybody. From what I see the author must be from America or Europe, his idea is limited but not a bad collection.

  28. dindun on October 25th, 2009 5:45 pm

    Most famouse picture ever, painted, taken, photshoped or what ever is the picture of the Earth called the blue marble

  29. Anonymous on November 16th, 2009 4:59 am

    the man is Carl Marx

  30. erik on November 24th, 2009 11:52 am

    Where is the flag raising on Iwo Jima

  31. Shahid Hameed Qureshi on December 10th, 2009 10:51 pm

    It is one of the wonderful things which i have seen on the net, it is most extra ordinary collection i am realy impressed with the effort.

  32. Elisa on December 14th, 2009 6:31 am

    How can these photographers let them people die? They’re heartless.
    No wonder why Kevin Carter killed himself.
    Nobody can ever be ok after what he did.

  33. ed m on December 25th, 2009 3:55 pm

    it is a strong list but the most obvious oversigths that could never, ever be off of anyones list are:
    1. the iwo jimo flag-the most famous of all time/bar none
    2. viet cong exection-everyone know about this one
    3. napalm girl being torched-many people insist this is #1
    those 3 are the most glaring oversights but the thing about lists is that they are designed to created discussion
    also shd include 2 more , woops that really shdnt be left off of anyone s list are
    john john at jfk’s salute
    lyndon johnson being sworn in on air force one with jackie

  34. Kamene on January 2nd, 2010 11:32 am

    I agree with ed m on his last 2 suggestions

    And as for the marines raising the flag, I think that that is more of a famous AMERICAN photograph. I’m doubtless that it has much significance to the international community…. so no.

    And i think the photos shown are very representative of famous WORLDWIDE photographs. Many of you commenters are thinking critically in context of U.S. photographs

  35. Christine on January 9th, 2010 9:41 am

    I really thought tiananmen would have been up there. Not only is it a picture not of a striking person, but it has a remarkable story alongside it. One man, stood up to a line of tanks in defense of his country’s people. Really. I can’t believe that isn’t on the list.

  36. Skyler on January 26th, 2010 9:05 pm

    your all idiots, the topic is famous PHOTOS not paintings, the Mona Lisa is not a photograph.

  37. anne on January 31st, 2010 9:04 pm

    these are all good photoes, but some are very shocking………………

  38. Anonymous on February 6th, 2010 12:03 am

    i am shocked how could one take the photograph and not save the girl leave her to die …obviously he couldn’t bear what he did ,may god bless both souls.

  39. Anonymous on February 7th, 2010 8:26 am

    why is hiroshima on the top 10? Every one has seen the nuke go off>

  40. Anonymous on February 7th, 2010 8:29 am

    sorry i meant why “isnt it” on the top 10

  41. Rebecca on February 8th, 2010 5:02 am

    The man is George W. Bush.

  42. Rick on February 9th, 2010 1:50 am

    Pictures of the 1906 San Francisco earhquake were shattering, but very significant to the cause and efffect of natural disasters such as earthquakes which are now not only occurances on the west coast of the United States, but worldwide and need I mention disasterous!

  43. saif on February 10th, 2010 5:05 am

    The best pic is Muhammed ALI Phantom Punch Sonny Liston…. So much enery and inspiration in that pic… looks like the price conquoured the BULLY :)

  44. ...... on February 23rd, 2010 1:45 pm

    I thought the Migrant Woman would be on here for sure

  45. Marianna on February 23rd, 2010 9:37 pm

    What about the photos from the nuclear explosions in Hiroshima and Nagasaki? What about the naked Vietnamese girl running in agony burnt all over?
    What about Kerteszs fork?
    What about the photos from the first moon landing?
    I agree with the above being famous, but not the MOST famous. At least most of them…

  46. Anonymous on February 24th, 2010 2:10 am

    that photo about taken in Albania is the best one

  47. Anonymous on February 28th, 2010 1:22 am

    tiananmen square

  48. JLS on March 5th, 2010 9:14 pm

    The African boy crawling with the Vulture in the background is the Most Disturbing Picture and Sticks Out more than any of the others.. And it says nobody knew what happened to the child.? Wouldnt u think a photographer might drop his 30-40 pound CAMERA to carry a dying child 1 Kilometer?? If the photographer didn’t do that it should be called — “The Most Selfious Act A Human Could Make” photograph” and if he left the child with the Vulture, which would have cetainly eaten the kid maybe before the child was even completly dead.. We”ll let GOD judge that..

  49. JLS on March 5th, 2010 9:22 pm

    The Mona Lisa? Sorry dude thats a painting, I could go take a picture of the Mona Lisa with a disosable Camera….

  50. JLS on March 5th, 2010 9:25 pm

    OMG people everyone knows that Lindsay Lohans SNATCH picture is the most famous of them all!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. MarkmBha on March 5th, 2010 9:33 pm

    Good photos; nay, excellent! I really can’t believe some comments made here.

  52. The Original on March 7th, 2010 1:54 am

    the african boy and columbian girl pictures should be on the list of the worlds most fucked up situations…mercy me

  53. The Original on March 7th, 2010 1:57 am

    trapped and hungary

  54. Tony on March 16th, 2010 12:30 pm

    You forgot the tienimen tank man.

  55. Person on March 26th, 2010 9:29 am

    wheres the hindenburg?

  56. Helyne on April 9th, 2010 2:07 am

    I found this site due to me looking for the photo of the girl who died in the Colombian volcano disaster. Her eyes have haunted me for a long time, even though I had only seen it once.
    My understanding is that the family and others had tried to get her out, but her body was trapped and crushed, and she was very near death. What the photographer did, in photographing her, was capture the humanity of the girl, painful and recognizable to us all. The inhumanity had to do with the anemic response to the disaster by her own country.
    The same can be said for Kevin Carter. We don’t know that he had no response whatsoever, and the action of him to photograph the child had more to do with chronicling a tragic human situation that wasn’t just happening to that child, but COUNTLESS others. He was not responsible for the famine in the Sudan, and the people who could do something about it needed to be shamed into action.
    Photographers are known to put down their cameras to help, but sometimes the most important thing that they can do is document the atrocities, so the rest of the world can see what is going on, too, and the people truly responsible can be pressured or shamed into action.

  57. Amanda on April 18th, 2010 3:09 pm

    OMG you people are so dumb. the mona lisa is not PHOTOGRAPHY its a PAINTING

  58. cantueso on April 21st, 2010 2:15 am

    Incredibly great selection! You have a very good memory. Maybe you don’t watch TV either. I find that people who watch TV more than once a week remember last week’s photos, events, films,and opinions and very little else.

    Imagine in 2010 to find Churchill and Kevin Carter’s black child both on the same page!

    Maybe the only picture that I would miss here is Einstein’s. I think his is the 20th century most famous face.

  59. Olivia Jean on April 27th, 2010 1:55 am

    the mona lisa iz va PAINTING vat iz vrong wif vu ppl? tiz a list uv pictures not paintings!!!!!

  60. tyler chula on April 27th, 2010 8:07 pm

    so the most famous pictures are the most tragic moments in history thats very interesting these photo are showing so much truth and evil in this world and yet they are famous world wide why is this?

  61. k mc on May 5th, 2010 4:55 pm

    Elisa on December 14th, 2009 6:31 am: you’re are clearly not a photographer, or at least not a photojournalist or you may understand.

    untill you’ve been in that situation as many times as they, and when you know the full story- then comment, until then, i believe your the heartlrss one posting things like “no wander he killed himself”. that man had a mum and dad, a family, he did his job, he did it well. He actually did scare the vulture away, he watched her the whole way back to her village until she was safe, even at that he allowed himself to get to personal with his subject. He took the image to show the rest of the world what bad things happen so we can all help. and hell- it did help, how many people think of that image now when someone says sudan and then want to help!

    and as for you others who keep suggesting all other journalistic photos- there’s about 500 that could be said, personally I’d probably have mentioned max dupains the sunbaker. but im an aussie so im biased.

  62. Awinyo d.o on May 6th, 2010 4:41 pm

    News is no news when a dog bites a man but its news when a man bites a dog,so dnt blame the photo abt the de boy & vulture bt try to undstnd de ethics of photoj allow ur emotions & passion decide ur bst picture.

  63. wazzap? on May 19th, 2010 12:49 am

    Mona Lisa is a painting. But where is che guerrara? (or something;)

  64. danica laurisse on May 20th, 2010 2:29 am

    kevin carter’s photo is the most tremendous and heart-breaking pic of all..;-(

  65. Anonymous on May 22nd, 2010 7:15 am

    None of you see the meaning, the passion, or the wicked ness of the world I look at these pictures and say oh my god, do you see that child. When that is happening and all we do is take a picture it makes me sick. Or the workers in that factory that died for no reason, And you sit there and make jokes. Sometimes people make me sick sometimes this world makes me sick, but sometimes there is beauty, I know it I’ve seen it, so please for the sake of your own self respect the photos

  66. Anonymous on June 10th, 2010 1:08 am

    y r u saying the mona lisa should be on this list? thats a painting, and this is clearly a list of the most famous PHOTOGRAPHS.

  67. Alexandra on June 18th, 2010 1:26 pm

    i think these photos are amaxing

  68. alex on June 18th, 2010 1:27 pm


  69. Anonymous on June 28th, 2010 5:56 pm

    The most Famous Photo in the world is ‘Guerrillero Heroico’ or in other words Ernesto Che Guevara i know this is correct as it is the single most photo to be reproduced worldwide

  70. A. Nonymous on June 30th, 2010 2:50 am

    What about the nurse kissing the navy man – how could that be missing?

  71. John on July 16th, 2010 2:04 am

    What about the picture of the Chinese student standing in front of the tanks at Tiananmen Square. I feel that’s one of the most famous photos ever.

  72. Anonymous on July 17th, 2010 8:25 am


  73. Holdeen Cushing-murray on July 18th, 2010 9:36 pm

    Tianamen square was actually a video with a still taken from it. why do people have to get abusive on posts? Its a forum for intelligent thought not ignorant comments, get a life people! I think that maybe Ansell Adams photo of the missing President Teddy Roosevelt is very iconic, I agree with Che missing out. So many to choose from but probably the most iconic to miss out is Robert Doisneau’s Paris street kiss. What about the burned child in Vietnam?

  74. Kritical Kristy on July 26th, 2010 8:05 am

    Photographers risk their own lives to show to the rest of the world what is happening there. In many cases they are let in country with terms, one of being not to interfere.

    That sudanese child is a girl. Story tells that she survived at least untol the foodcamp, but most likely she was too sick to live very long. Kevin Carter didnt cause her situation.

    Many of you people here should go to school and study. Im schocked by the pictures, but so many times im also shocked that many of you who speak english as your mothertongue, you cant write it. Like what is this: “the mona lisa iz va PAINTING vat iz vrong wif vu ppl? tiz a list uv pictures not paintings!!!!!” What language is that? (Im from FInland)

    And how come someone doesnt know the difference between painting and photo? How come someone doesnt know Che Guevaras name? How so many of you americans think US is the centre of the world?

    But excellent list! Though i have to agree about Einstein, Blue Marble and Hitler.

  75. Anonymous on July 26th, 2010 11:07 am

    to BLAHNESS ::

    the mona lisa is not a photograph, it’s a painting.


  76. austin on August 2nd, 2010 1:24 pm

    i think that ansel adams is one of the best photographers….when i think photography i think of him

  77. Lapeta Jhamela on August 16th, 2010 2:53 pm

    Very truly amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  78. ANUPAMA on August 20th, 2010 9:53 pm

    all the were hard breaking.THESE GIVE ME LOT TO THING!

  79. afrim on August 22nd, 2010 11:39 am

    The famous man in the world IS Michael JAckson And Albert Einstain.!

  80. Trevor on August 29th, 2010 10:50 pm

    the picture of george washington on the one dollar bill

  81. sanjeev jadhav on September 9th, 2010 2:06 pm


  82. kayvyonna henderson on September 10th, 2010 3:43 am

    this is so f***ing nasty grosssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  83. julio on September 14th, 2010 3:02 am

    African Americans should be embarrassed not to recognize this picture. The name is Freddrick Douglas. Look him up and learn what his accomplishments “as a man” led to.

  84. steve on September 27th, 2010 7:56 am

    Kevin Carters picture caused the world to notice Sudans plight and send more aid their way. His picture may have saved thousands of lives but cost him his own.

  85. Lincoln on September 29th, 2010 9:18 am

    Where is Korda´s Che Guevara ? …. Mona Lisa is not a picture!!!

  86. CHALI TRESFORD on September 30th, 2010 6:00 pm

    Its Che’s photo that is the world’s most famous and it cant even make top ten on your list? swallow your pride

  87. Anonymous on October 2nd, 2010 3:11 am

    The Mona Lisa is not a picture you numb nuts. Its a painting that’s why its not on this list.

  88. James on October 11th, 2010 6:23 am

    Where’s the portrait of Che Guevara? Or the photo of the Chinese man standing in front of the line of tanks?

  89. manan mehta on October 26th, 2010 8:03 pm

    u do not think so there should be albert einstein also………..

  90. JOD on October 30th, 2010 1:28 am


  91. elne on October 30th, 2010 10:39 pm

    hey…love the list… but its wierd that none of u mentioned the hector peterson photo… that photo shocked the world into realizing what was really going on with the apartheid in South Africa! Look it up… read the story as well… its just as bad as the kevin carter pic

  92. elne on October 30th, 2010 10:43 pm

    Love the list… but why is the Hector Peterson pic not here…. none of u even mentioned it… this pic made people see what was really happening with apartheid in South Africa…look it up and read the story as well, just as bad as the kevin carter photo

  93. Anonymous on November 2nd, 2010 3:47 am

    the photo of hitler walking Champs Elisée, with the eiffel tower behind.

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  95. Linda on November 10th, 2010 3:37 am

    That photo of Kevin Carter of that poor child is so heartbreaking. It seriously made me cry… Its indeed no wonder he killed himself. I really question what kind of beast doesn’t pick up that helpless child and bring him or her to the nearest food camp. How could he walk away???
    Omg if it was me i would take care for that child and raise him/her here in the Netherlands.

    I think the child most likely died..Its really heartbreaking

  96. Anonymous on November 17th, 2010 8:37 am

    puppies are cute to

  97. kinsinballyº on November 19th, 2010 4:52 pm


  98. Partha on November 20th, 2010 7:28 am

    Some of them are really amazing…Specially the “Stricken child crawling towards a food camp” . But many of the famous photos are missing!!
    Specially Che Guevara, Tiananmen square…

  99. dita on November 20th, 2010 11:19 am

    Well being that the mona lisa is a PAINTING and NOT a PHOTO alex it really doesnt belong on the list sorry!

  100. lal singh on November 30th, 2010 10:00 pm

    very nice

  101. Mitch on December 6th, 2010 3:10 am

    Tienemen os a short video you dumb shits

  102. tianna on December 7th, 2010 8:55 am

    its not mona lisa yall so dum

  103. Ally on December 10th, 2010 5:44 am

    This is a very powerful website and your vulgar language is very offensive and taints the simplicity of the PHOTOGRAPHY. On that note, these are photographs, not paintings. Therefore the Mona Lisa should NOT be up there for all of those people who commented and thought they knew better. If you don’t have anything encouraging to say about the website then leave. Nobody forced you to view this website. And if they did, discuss it in your class room.

  104. mike on December 12th, 2010 5:28 pm

    I see a lot of comments on how they photographer could’ve just let the child stay there. You do understand he was a professional and it was a famine correct? This is likely one of thousands of pictures he took of people dying during his time there

  105. phill on December 20th, 2010 3:18 pm

    No idea why this photograph is overlooked being, in my opinion, the most famous photograph of the 20th century. It sums it all up for human achievement and in a 1000+ years is all we of the 20th century will be remembered for – leaving the earth for the first time.

    Neil Armstrongs photograph of Buzz Aldrin “Man on the Moon”

  106. ClaadiaZombieh. on January 1st, 2011 10:44 pm

    Your kidding right?
    The Mona Lisa? Dudes, that’s not a frickin photo, that’s a PAINTING. So get your facts right before you go round calling people ‘dumb asses’. -.-
    The Stricken child crawling towards a food camp, was absolutely shocking. D= The photographer just.. LEFT HIM? D= ?!

  107. manish on January 7th, 2011 9:57 pm

    all photos are very.. imprseiv

  108. sfggbsrhbrth on January 14th, 2011 8:01 am

    Uh, what about the flag raising on Iwo Jima?

  109. Anonymous on January 15th, 2011 3:46 am

    two brilliant photos missed – alber einstein and luch atop of skyscrapper

  110. Anonymous on January 25th, 2011 5:13 am

    The name of the person is Karl Marx

  111. Banta Singh Namdhari on January 30th, 2011 5:47 pm

    Hi..My name is Banta Singh Namdhari from Vill. Sri Bhaini Sahib. (Punjab). World’s top 10 photo’s is well………

  112. grfhgrsghtdnfxg on February 3rd, 2011 9:56 am

    There is no way on earth that these are the best 10 photos.

  113. John Townsend on February 3rd, 2011 9:57 am

    I am John Townsend, im not related to Josh!! i am queer!

  114. patrick on February 8th, 2011 12:34 am

    THE LAST GUY HES GOT A GUN!!!!!! lol.

  115. jessica on February 14th, 2011 5:03 am

    yall are so silly! THE MONA LISA ISN’T A PHOTO; IT’S A PAINTING

  116. bushes on February 22nd, 2011 11:02 pm

    the best picture in the world was my father pic that he snap GW Bush sign agreement to attack iraq with smile on his face

  117. kalpesh on February 23rd, 2011 2:05 pm

    guys monalisa is painting…….

  118. yalsti on March 5th, 2011 11:51 pm

    …yes, the Mona Lisa IS a picture… it’s just a painting and not a photograph.

  119. EpicPhotos on March 6th, 2011 5:00 pm

    where’s the picture of :

    .first men on the moon
    .Che Guevarra
    .Albert Einstein
    .the man in tiananman square
    .the raising flag in Iwo Jima

  120. Anonymous on March 12th, 2011 11:41 pm

    Picture #5 is so sad.

  121. random on March 17th, 2011 4:11 am

    yeah it’s a frikkin painting, wow

    WE GET IT NOW!!!!

  122. Anonymous on March 27th, 2011 6:47 am

    where is photo of Che?

  123. Someone on March 31st, 2011 9:49 am

    I have no idea what da hell is wrong with some of the comments, but:

    1.There’re only TWO people who says mona lisa has to be on this list, so stop saying ALL ppl are stupid for that

    2. Stop the freakin arguing of who’s the most famous ppl in this world

  124. John Schell on April 3rd, 2011 3:48 am

    My dad was born the exact same day the monk burned himself to death…

  125. G33K on April 10th, 2011 5:33 am

    Mona lisa is not a picture. Its a painting

  126. girish sambhare on April 20th, 2011 5:43 pm

    it is a god father of comunism”carl marx”.

  127. iklan on April 30th, 2011 10:45 am

    All photos are really amazing.

  128. madhan on May 1st, 2011 10:59 pm

    a man who was even unable to buy a shaving razor.

  129. Bob on May 4th, 2011 9:38 am

    Good photos but they are not the 10 most famous ever. It’s missing the photo of John Jr saluting his father’s casket. That one should have been in the top 5!

  130. charles loeffler on May 6th, 2011 7:36 am

    Fredrick Engeles or Karl Marx, but I think Engeles.

  131. Anonymous on May 10th, 2011 4:47 pm

    The most famous picture in the world is the first picture of the world…..

  132. Random on May 13th, 2011 6:43 pm


    This is world famous PHOTOS not PAINTINGS

  133. surajrn on May 21st, 2011 6:00 pm

    I think these photoes are not world’d top 10 nfamous photoes

  134. lindal walsh on May 22nd, 2011 4:55 pm

    some of those pic are really desturbing

  135. Davey on May 28th, 2011 3:10 pm

    At first that does look like Frederick Douglass but it’s Karl Marx.

  136. Luke on May 28th, 2011 11:12 pm

    OMG fuck mona lisa the old bitch

  137. McKenzie on May 31st, 2011 9:52 pm

    What happened to Che Guevara. Hands down top 10 most famous.

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  139. georgie on June 5th, 2011 7:57 am

    How about the photo of the World Trade Center on 9/11, where the plane is seen about to strike 2WTC? or the Daily News photo of people jumping from the burning towers.

    Annie Leibowitz photo of John Lennon/Yoko Ono for Rolling Stone Magazine where Lennon is nude hugging Yoko?

  140. Anonymous on June 9th, 2011 11:18 am

    hey whatabout that first full picture of the planet from space?

  141. sonya on June 10th, 2011 8:29 am

    There technically isn’t any one specific photo that is considered “the most famous in the world”. A good picture is based upon one’s opinion. How do any of us know who thought a picture they looked at was desirable to them or not? Lots of people know of the mona lisa, but who really knows how many of the people to ever view the mona lisa actually thought it was a good picture. What if most people to view the mona lisa thought it was a horrible? Just food for thought…

  142. shoo on June 10th, 2011 10:23 pm

    I thought about this long and hard. The Beatles on Abbey Road, Marilyn Monroe in the White Dress, Che Guavara, Adolf Hitler and so on. Every photograph discussed is generation bound, political or other, religious, western world only or eastern world only. Given all this, I found myself swayed of the opinion, that if you take “man” out of the equation, the best photograph ever taken would be that of the earth from Apollo 8 in 1968. The first time man knew exactly just how beautiful and fundementally astounding this planet truly is. Every time i look at the photographs, i am in awe.

  143. Anonymous on June 12th, 2011 6:02 am

    marx . He was a nut job.

  144. Swati on June 14th, 2011 11:29 am

    Why couldn’t Kevin Carter , help that child to reach the feed camp, why he left the child alone? Does he know what happened to that child later who was trying hard to get just some food for itself?? And wen such vulture photograper shoot such events, annoys me a lot!

  145. shivanshi bhushan on June 24th, 2011 3:14 pm

    photograps are mind blowing they express all the feelings of the photographer without having any voice that is a big thing and i liked keven carter’s photograph it rocks………………….

  146. Adrian on June 28th, 2011 4:49 am

    How about the famous Earth rise, photographed from the Moon ?

  147. ajay on July 3rd, 2011 2:24 am

    my favourite top 10

    #1 che guevera

    #2 tianaman square

    #3 Muhammad Ali – Sonny Liston fight

    #4 Vietnamese napalm girl

    #5 Execution of a Viet Cong Guerrilla

    #6 US flag on Iwo Jima

    #7 hiroshima atomic blast mushroom

    #8 Marilyn Monroe

    #9 Afghan Girl

    #10 Sailor kissing a nurse (times square)

    what you ppl say about this top 10?
    pls respond

  148. James on July 6th, 2011 11:48 am

    Why the Che love for? Dude was a murderer and a complete hypocrite. Best picture of him is the one they took when he was dead

  149. CJ on July 20th, 2011 11:56 pm

    Nobody remembered the picture of Osama Bin Ladin, I think it should be included, what do you feel?

  150. LDH on July 28th, 2011 1:59 am

    Regarding Kevin Carter’s photo of the starving girl in Sudan with the vulture. She was at a UN feeding station and all the parents had run off to meet the plane delivering food, leaving their children temporarily behind. Whether she even had parents present in the camp is an unknown. As they distributed aid, the UN had dropped press photographers off for a 30 minute photo op, with the strict directive NOT to approach any of the famine victims out of fear of disease spreading through the weakened population. Somehow this fact is rarely mentioned in any discussion of the ethics behind the image.

    Nevertheless, could I as a photographer and having achieved my desired photographic result, then walked off to join the plane, leaving the child to her fate with the vulture still in the vicinity? Personally, no. However, if she had then contracted a communicable disease, which had spread through the entire stricken camp and was later traced back to my physical intervention, ethical questions would arise again. I would be held accountable, and as a photographer never given access to work in that area again. These are all things to consider. I am sorry that Carter never managed to reconcile himself to that terrible day and the other atrocities he witnessed during his brief career. To attack him personally for taking that photograph was unfair as it achieved its intention, which was to inspire people to help the starving Sudanese people. Something you should all be considering again, as the situation is again dire in that region.

  151. LDH on July 28th, 2011 2:00 am

  152. Bobo The Clown on August 5th, 2011 2:46 am

    I thought the V-J Day Kiss would be one of the most famous after the Afghan Girl…..

  153. Toufiq on August 5th, 2011 6:35 pm


  154. Richard page on August 6th, 2011 8:51 am

    Jays top ten is closer although I will throw in the tennis player girl scratching her bum and The little girl walking away naked from napalm in Vietnam

  155. kiwi on August 15th, 2011 3:08 am

    perfect photo

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  157. Ronald Coleman on August 27th, 2011 3:44 am

    What about a picture of neon lights ? First thing I would think, is Boulevarde of Broken Dreams, let alone a motion picture or an animated cartoon.

  158. truth on September 30th, 2011 8:19 pm

    nice picturess! hey for those of you, who askedviva why monalizaa picture is not here. MONALIZA is a paint this all are real photo pictures….

  159. nilesh maheshwari on October 17th, 2011 2:30 am

    who selected these photographs as the best.
    There are better photos than these dude.

  160. Ola on October 24th, 2011 3:38 am

    About Che Guevara: The original isn’t that famous. Ok, it’s famous, but not at all as famous as the stylized version (in red, black and white).

    About Tiananmen Square: Those are just frames from a video.

    And it doesn’t say “world’s best photos”, it says “most famous”, so it should be fairly objective.

  161. venkat on October 26th, 2011 3:13 am

    marx, the karl marx

  162. Halb Raom on November 6th, 2011 6:25 am

    Blah blah blah blablablah blah, blah blah. Blahby blah la la by blah. How did I do?

    p.s. BLAH!

  163. jonny rocket on November 10th, 2011 10:49 pm

    wickedreport you can eat a bag of dicks. these photos are NOT the most famous. eat my ass.

  164. Yazan on November 15th, 2011 1:13 am

    how about the 1st picture taken on the moon with the american flag??
    the Hiroshima bomb of WWII??

  165. Berryn on December 21st, 2011 1:19 am

    For “sonya on June 10th, 2011 8:29 am”

    This collection is not about how anyone thinks of the photographs. It is merely a collection of what the person who compiled them considered to be the MOST FAMOUS. That means the most viewed, most reproduced etc. I don’t agree with some of the choices, but maybe there are facts (such as Churchill’s being the most reproduced) leading to the choices made.

  166. parla on December 30th, 2011 9:52 am

    ahmadinejad is a brilliant man god bless him

  167. abbasa on January 26th, 2012 9:21 pm

    i thing the picture of hotographer: Charles O’Rear is taken in Desi plane Skurdu Pakisttan and this is not fear to say that is taken ay other location

  168. abbasa on January 26th, 2012 9:23 pm

    Ahmadinejad is really brilliant and powerfull man god bless him and humans

  169. saman on February 14th, 2012 7:30 am

    Damn yoiu! chera kardin tu ah. nej. dar nemiarin! you think you funny!?

  170. saman on February 14th, 2012 7:33 am

    anyway nice job; but not top 10 ofcourse

  171. armenuhi on February 24th, 2012 5:05 pm

    there are a lot of stupid people on this page!!

  172. idunno on March 14th, 2012 8:15 pm

    The best photograph in the world is Che guevara’s, taken by alberto korda!!!!

  173. moh on April 4th, 2012 4:08 pm

    mona lisa is not photograph its a painting !!!!!

  174. Dave on April 7th, 2012 9:01 am

    frederick Douglas

  175. youguysarestupid on April 22nd, 2012 12:51 pm

    First of all, this is a list of some of the most FAMOUS photos in the world, not the BEST ones. No one cares if you don’t like them so shut up.
    Second, these are some of the most famous pictures in the WORLD, not in the U.S., therefore, some of the photos you guys are mentioning are not going to be very well known outside of our own country (like the sailor kissing the nurse). Just because you know a photo well doesn’t mean most other people will and just because you don’t have a big enough world view to be up-to-date on issues outside of the U.S. and can’t recognize the photos doesn’t mean the rest of the world can’t.
    Third, why are some of you still insisting that the Mona Lisa should be on here?
    Fourth, that is not Frederick Douglass. Try verifying your guess before embarrassing yourself.
    Lastly, if you can’t even attempt to spell in a language that actually exists then maybe you shouldn’t be posting comments on any sort of a website because you just look like an idiot.

  176. Dr Drum on May 8th, 2012 11:57 pm

    I particularly like the “Afghan Girl” picture..the case was used as an illustration for my Art school last year. Picture can always tell lots of story, don’t you agree :)

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  179. phone4energy on May 31st, 2012 10:09 am

    Totally agreed!

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  181. crowenification on June 27th, 2012 5:05 pm

    most famous photo it says…not drawing!!

  182. Dakota on July 12th, 2012 6:33 am

    Number 4, is my favorite. It speaks. I love it.

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  184. saintgoody on November 8th, 2012 12:26 pm

    The image of Sanchez and the child crawling, for me the hardest image to take, it takes much courage. I no wonder why it was one of the great photos ever taken.

  185. Affan Riaz on December 22nd, 2012 10:27 pm

    Carl marx in this photo …………………

  186. Why? on February 13th, 2013 3:06 am

    So why is that Marxist idiot here?

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  189. Viktor Chernomyrdin Not on May 17th, 2013 12:19 am

    Doesn’t have Einstein’s tongue-sticking out pic?

  190. amjed on June 14th, 2013 6:05 am

    karl marx

  191. pandagirl on June 18th, 2013 6:28 am

    most famous pics…USA,did ya forget moon landing and Kent State killings? What about the Queen or the most fotographed woman of all tmes shaking hands with aids patients…Diana.Vietnam,WWII,the Big Blue Marble(earth) from space…..thats just a few not to mention CHE!!!!!

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  193. JimV on July 10th, 2013 9:39 pm

    What about the famous pinups? Examples, there are many, would include Rita Hayworth and Farrah Fawcett. Amd what about the Beatles Abbey Road album cover?

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  195. Timothy Udoka on August 5th, 2013 5:35 am

    The most famous really should be the Sudanese child because of the stark morbidity it portrays. But it’s the Che! None else!

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