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An Image That Changed Everything

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Stuart Franklin "This is an image that changed everything because, for me, it crystallised the spirit of revolt. The uprising in Tiananmen Square was one of the most moving events I’ve witnessed. It was a tragedy (...)
Jean Gaumy “I made this photograph in January of 1998 on a Spanish trawler in the North Atlantic. It’s one of the last pictures I took on a traditional trawler. I started photographing on these boats in the e (...)
Paul Fusco “In 1968, I was assigned by Look magazine, where I was a staff photographer, to get on the train bearing Robert F. Kennedy’s remains from New York to Washington, DC. Barred from photographing the K (...)
Bruce Davidson “This is a photograph from my project East 100th Street. In 1966, I began to document the neighborhood in Spanish Harlem known as ‘El Barrio.’ At first, I met with the local citizens’ committee, Me (...)
Constantine Manos “This photograph of children running through the woods is my first serious picture, a moment that marks the beginning of a lifelong search for beautiful and poetic images. It was made on Daufuskie (...)
Patrick Zachmann “In 1984, I was 29 years old, and I was asked to make work with young kids in Marseille who had dropped out of school, and were suffering domestic or social difficulties. They were almost all teena (...)
David Alan Harvey “This photo, which was the cover of my book (based on a true story), changed the way I worked forever. After this successful book in 2012, I totally changed my methodology. From that point forward, (...)
Jacob Aue Sobol “The picture that changed everything? When I fell in love with Sabine and she taught me how to dance. After that moment, I stopped taking pictures to prove anything or to be daring. After that mome (...)
Alex Webb “The sad, vibrant, tragic, beguiling country of Haiti has been key to my photography. After reading Graham Greene’s The Comedians — a novel set in Haiti that both fascinated and scared me — I made (...)
Susan Meiselas “This image has always sparked a memory of reflection for me. It was the first time I felt a subject was using me to make the photograph they wanted so that their message could get out. It was take (...)
Peter Marlow “Very early one morning in 2000, I was dragged out of my bed by my Japanese fixer, the amazingly patient Ito Kadowaki, who guided me through his confusing and ultimately fascinating country. We wal (...)
Jérôme Sessini “It was my first assignment abroad. I was a young freelancer for Gamma photo agency, and when I arrived at the Gamma offices, the bureau chief needed a photographer to travel to Albania immediately (...)
Mikhael Subotzky “I feel that everything is changing in my work, right now, as I produce more and more images. These changes involve looking forward to new ways of finding narrative through film and installations, (...)
Ian Berry "This was the first time I met Mandela. The occasion was the treason trial in Johannesburg. He was acting for the defendants in his capacity as a lawyer. I’d recently arrived in South Africa and wa (...)
Mark Power “I’d already been documenting the construction of the Dome for some months. I was a resolute black-and-white photographer then, although I was beginning to wonder if this was the right strategy as (...)
Sohrab Hura “When thinking about a single image that may have changed my life or my photography, I find it impossible to think in terms of specific photographs. What comes to mind are phases that I’ve gone thr (...)
Bruce Gilden “I had wanted to use flash for a long time, but it took me years to try it. I don’t like to do things differently than the way I know how to do them. That’s not because I don’t like change — I just (...)
Eli Reed “I was innocent for a brief night after arriving at the camp. I lost it in the early morning hours. I worked with the Spanish branch of Doctors Without Borders and by the end of the day, I was in a (...)
Chris Steele-Perkins “When do things change so dramatically that they change our lives? Rarely in a moment, other than natural disasters or major accidents. Usually change happens as a build-up, an accretion of experie (...)
Bieke Depoorter “I never felt comfortable with street photography. If I take snapshots of total strangers, it feels a bit like I am stealing something from them. This picture comes from my first book, Ou Menya, wh (...)
Thomas Dworzak “Ever since I was a teenager, I wanted to become a photographer. I wanted to photograph wars. After finishing high school, I took my scholarship money and started traveling: Yugoslavia and Eastern (...)
Thomas Hoepker “People often ask me, ‘What is your most important tool?’ And I reply, ‘comfortable shoes.’ Indeed, most of my pictures were made while walking through a city or a landscape. I found this particula (...)
Michael Christopher Brown “This phone photograph was taken outside a bookstore in Beijing in 2010. I was living in China, taking road trips in my Jinbei van. Both that experience and the novelty of the phone was exciting, t (...)
Micha Bar Am “Jerusalem — a divided city, where demonstrations for and against various issues occur regularly. One day, during an Orthodox demonstration against autopsies, I happened to click a few frames while (...)
Peter van Agtmael “I took this picture in May, 2008. Having spent the previous few years on a series of embeds with the American armed forces, I had only seen the war through the narrow lens of a foreign military, a (...)
Paolo Pellegrin “I can only really reflect on my photography by thinking about it project by project rather than as individual images. But this particular photograph is representative of my time in Kosovo, a body (...)
Abbas “This photo, one of my earliest, was taken in September 1970, in Cairo, where I covered Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s funeral. I did not know it when I pressed the shutter, but it was a d (...)
Jonas Bendiksen “This picture of a burning hut was taken in 2012 while I was working at a small local newspaper in Vesterålen, northern Norway. I can't say this exact photographic moment was a game changer, but it (...)
Hiroji Kubota “I came to know Elliott Erwitt, Burt Glinn and René Burri in 1961, when I was a political science student in Tokyo. I was fascinated by their way of working, and it made me wonder if I could possib (...)
Raghu Rai “Way back in 1969, when I was a young budding photographer, trying to look at the world very closely, I was photographing these boys jumping into a village pond, trying to beat the heat. It was alm (...)
John Vink “It’s been there since I was bitten by the photography bug at 16. I think I have an ability to piece together a long-term story, spread over several years, covering various locations, interrupted b (...)
Richard Kalvar “I had dropped out of college, worked for a photographer, and travelled around Europe taking pictures. I was back at school, trying painfully to get my BA over seven years after having started, and (...)
Guy Le Querrec “In my early years as a professional photographer, I had an assignment for Réalité Hachette — a month-long documentary project through Spain. The purpose was to photograph, in color, particular pla (...)
Erich Lessing “This is from the first election of a beauty queen in communist Poland. The contest for the title of ‘Miss Sopot’ drew such huge crowds that the event had to be moved to the casino of a seaside res (...)
Alex Majoli "Long ago, when my grandmother died, I wanted to bring something to her grave other than traditional flowers, something that mattered to me in a time when I had just figured out what I wanted to do (...)