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Pictures from the past - From definitive moments in history to milestones in photography: outstanding images selected by the picture editors of the Guardian and Observer (some nsfw)

A few highlights:
Prisoner 26947 at Auschwitz concentration camp
The owl in the window
London in the smog
Internally displtaced women, Kabul
Siege of Sidney Street
The King of Rock and Roll
A Greek Orthodox priest on the metro in Athens
Figure skaters at the first winter Olympics
Malian soldier
McDonalds opens in Moscow
Greensboro lunch counter sit-in
United Artists
Snowy Farr
Looting in Baghdad
Children wait to meet Prince Charles and Camilla in Nizwa, Oman
A dancer at the opera by Nadar
Mexican firing squad, 1867
Mae West in court
Construction of the Blackwall Tunnel
Paris, 1968
Monkey in space
Orgreave, Yorkshire, 1984
Maurice Garin: first winner of the Tour de France
Jesse Owens, 1936
posted by fearfulsymmetry (8 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

Some amazing images. I was going to pick out a few favourites but there are just too many. Thanks for this!
posted by billiebee at 8:30 AM on August 3, 2013

This is a great set of outstanding images.
It does say however a great deal about the puerile society some of us live and work in that historically published images from mainstream publications now have to have a NSFW warning.
posted by adamvasco at 8:38 AM on August 3, 2013

Just last night I was having a conversation about this kind of photograph, after reading this article about Lewis Hine's photographs of child laborers in the early 20th century.

You can do lots of different things with a camera. For me, the pinnacle is the idea that in a hundred years, people are using your photo to learn something about your world.
posted by cribcage at 8:39 AM on August 3, 2013

The Drum Major: priceless.
posted by mule98J at 9:41 AM on August 3, 2013

historically published images from mainstream publications now have to have a NSFW warning

It's actually kind of interesting that a fairly grusome pix of a dead body was seen as okay back in the good old days
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:57 AM on August 3, 2013

Very interesting, and a wonderful time sink.
posted by scottymac at 10:22 AM on August 3, 2013 [1 favorite]

I am not going to outgruesome you but the iconic burning girl in Vietnam immediately springs to mind and that went world wide.
As far as blood and guts go many Latin newspapers have their daily doses of gore.
Think of Mexico beheadings etc.
While these not should be glorified I think the showing is quite justified to try and convey to the general public just how awful the situation is / was.
As for breasts / nipples I think that is just american double standard puritanism.
posted by adamvasco at 10:26 AM on August 3, 2013 [1 favorite]

Very nice. Thanks, fearfulsymmetry.
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