Since the invention of photography, there have been images that simply make you stop and stare. It’s these powerful photos that were likely the inspiration behind the phrase “pictures speak louder than words.”
After seeing these, it’s hard to argue.
A Russian WWII veteran kneels before the tank that he spent most of the war inside.
A son tries to help his alcoholic father home.
Terri Gurrola hugs her daughter after returning home from Iraq.
12-year-old Diego Frazão Torquato cries as her plays the violin at his teacher’s funeral.
A young man is informed that his brother was killed.
Scratch marks inside a gas chamber at Auschwitz.
A missionary in Africa holds the hand of a starving child.
A firefighter offers water to a koala after an Australian forest fire.
Homeless Indian men wait to receive food outside a mosque in New Delhi, India.
The funeral of Zanjeer, the dog who saved thousands of lives during the 1993 Mumbai bombings (2000).
A villager saves kittens during massive floods in Cuttack, India in 2011.
A Russian soldier plays an abandoned piano in Chechnya, 1994.
Protestor places a flower in the barrel of a gun during a Vietnam War protest.
A woman sits amongst the wreckage of the 2011 earthquake and tsunamis in Japan.
An Afghani man offers tea to American soldiers.
A Russian soldier prepare for the Battle of Kursk, July 1943.
Parents continue to look for child who was lost in 1969.
Greg Cook clutches his dog Coco after she was returned to him following a tornado in March, 2012.
A son runs after his soldier father in Ontario, Canada (October, 1940).
Leao the dog sits by the grave of his owner days after he was killed in a mudslide outside of Rio De Janeiro (2011).
The graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, Holland, 1888.
Hhaing The Yu, 29, stands in despair in the remains of his home near Yangon, Myanmar.
A couple is unearthed from the debris of a collapsed building.
Sunset on Mars.
The explosion of the Hindenburg in 1937.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. removes a burned cross from his front yard while his son looks on, 1963.
A man falls from the World Trade Center Towers, September 11, 2001.
Thich Quang Duc sets himself on fire in Vietnam.
Nuclear bomb is tested at Bikini Atoll in 1946.
Police and runners react to the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15th, 2013.
Children flee a napalm blast during the Vietnam War.
Lee Harvey Oswald is murdered by Jack Ruby in 1963.
An American flag is raised above the wreckage at Ground Zero after 9/11.