The 25 most powerful photos ever taken

A still moment can capture the emotion of a lifetime, events can change lives in a heartbeat and when you look into the eye of that exact millisecond you are not looking at anything else but yourself. We like to look at our photographs because they remind us of another time, happy, sad but yours nonetheless. When we’re looking at other people’s photos we tend to live through them and the effect they have on us comes from the notions that these were taken to real people at some point in their lives, the humanity touches us and distances seem to be shortened by them. There are very few photographs that can convey emotion in such a away that the whole world seems to get together in awe of that image, these are only a few of them, the ones we think are the 25 most powerful photos ever taken:

Girl with candy cigaretteThe 25 most powerful photos ever taken

A Mursi tribe woman discovers Vogue magazine, EthiopiaThe 25 most powerful photos ever taken

Little Parisian boy running through the streetsThe 25 most powerful photos ever taken

A man bids farewell to his girlfriend through a train window at a railway station in HefeiThe 25 most powerful photos ever taken

Sergeant Frank Praytor looks after a two-week old kitten during the height of the Korean WarThe 25 most powerful photos ever taken

3 weeks old infant with albinism snuggles up to his cousin for a snoozeThe 25 most powerful photos ever taken

Monk sharing his meal with a tigerThe 25 most powerful photos ever taken

The tattoo of wounded soldier Kyle Hockenberry becomes truthThe 25 most powerful photos ever taken

A man protests in Tiananmen Square, BeijingThe 25 most powerful photos ever taken

A child of the Erbore tribe, EthiopiaThe 25 most powerful photos ever taken

A miner takes a short break inside an unregulated coal mine in Sabinas The 25 most powerful photos ever taken

A North Korean waves at his South Korean brother after inter-Korean temporary family reunionsThe 25 most powerful photos ever taken

The child of a KKK member touches his reflection in an African American police officer’s riot shield during a demonstrationThe 25 most powerful photos ever taken

Lt. Colonel Robert L. Stirm is reunited with his family after being taken prisoner during the Vietnam warThe 25 most powerful photos ever taken

Dr. Religa monitors his patient’s vitals after a 23 hour long heart transplant surgery. His assistant is sleeping in the cornerThe 25 most powerful photos ever taken

Protester plays piano over the sounds of chaos, with riot police in the backdropThe 25 most powerful photos ever taken

A Brazilian protester stands before gunfire during protests against corruption and police brutalityThe 25 most powerful photos ever taken

A child is seen near members of the Muslim community attending midday prayers at Strasbourg Grand Mosque in Strasbourg on the first day of Ramadan The 25 most powerful photos ever taken

A journalist dashes across a bridge to rescue a baby during the spanish Civil WarThe 25 most powerful photos ever taken

Captain Donald Spindler pulls 6 year-old Aaliyah Frazier from a fire in IndianaThe 25 most powerful photos ever taken

Agim Shala is passed through a barbed wire fence to his grandparents at a camp for refugees of the Kosovo WarThe 25 most powerful photos ever taken

Anna Fisher, astronaut, with stars in her eyes on the cover of Life magazine in 1985. She was the first mother in spaceThe 25 most powerful photos ever taken

Soldier holding a butterflyThe 25 most powerful photos ever taken

An Irish teenager yells at British soldiers during unrest in Northern IrelandThe 25 most powerful photos ever taken

17 year old Jan Rose Kasmir offers a flower to soldiers during the Pentagon anti-war protest in 1967The 25 most powerful photos ever taken

SEE ALSO: 10 powerful photos that won The World Press Photo contest

Do you think these photos capture the human experience? Which one had the most impact on you? Tell us what you thought and share with us other suggestions you might have.

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