The 60 Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken That Perfectly Capture The Human Experience

This incredible collection of moments represents the joy, innocence, despair, curiosity, and undying perseverance within all of us. No matter where we’re from, these are the emotions that unite us – it’s what makes us human. We set out to capture this spirit in 60 incredible photographs, and I truly hope you enjoy. 

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17 year old Jan Rose Kasmir offers a flower to soldiers during the Pentagon anti-war protest in 1967.

Marc Riboud

Sergeant Frank Praytor looks after a two-week old kitten during the height of the Korean War.

A North Korean waves at his South Korean brother after inter-Korean temporary family reunions.

Violinist, Nancy Dinovo, cries while playing during a service at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Vancouver for the September 11 victims.

Christopher J. Morris

The child of a KKK member touches his reflection in an African American police officer's riot shield during a demonstration. [1992]

Todd Robertson

Clara Gantt is reunited with her husband's body after more than 60 years. Sergeant Joseph Grantt went missing during the Korean war.

Andrew Renneisen

Caroline Joan Peixoto, City Arts, photographed classical ballet students at rehearsal in Rwanda's only classical ballet school. This school has given the Kigali community incredible hope as the first post-genocide ballet school.

Caroline Joan Peixoto, City Arts

Lt. Colonel Robert L. Stirm is reunited with his family after being taken prisoner during the Vietnam war.

An Irish teenager yells at British soldiers during unrest in Northern Ireland

The patient not only survived the surgery, but outlived his doctor.

Agim Shala is passed through a barbed wire fence to his grandparents at a camp for refugees of the Kosovo War

Carol Guzy

Creating this list out of thousands of potential photos was a daunting, yet rewarding experience for me. I hope you loved it too (and if you did, share it with others below). 

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