"A picture is worth a thousand words," but I think its much more than that. A picture can define an era, it can destroy one. It can raise fear, hope, spread unity, or discord. It can make one famous, or ruin someone elses life. Why do we take pictures of everything around us? The answer again, although sometimes deep rooted, is power.
Many great and powerful families have fully documented their lives with pictures and have professional scribes to recount their lives since they were small. Imagine people like the Rockerfellers, old families who have established power bases so huge, it is almost incomprehensible to some.
Even the famous Japanese cannibal, Issei Sagawa, knew to document and keep pictures of the horrific acts he commited after murdering an innocent and beautiful Dutch university student in Paris more than twenty years ago. Pictures establish power if used correctly, and can inspire hope to those who need it most. Propoganda? Perhaps, but it is undeniable that the future will contain more pictures, some which have yet to be taken, but have the potential to change the world.
P O W E R F U L P I C T U R E S
A satellite view of Hurricane Katrina
It hasn't been that long, and how much has really changed?
Very powerful picture, would 1000 words really suffice?
Never before published, Terril Jones' view on the man who stood up to an army of tanks
Man who jumped to his death rather than burning from above
ACCIDENT : Sorry meant Brazil, posted wrong captions
During 2010 Olympics, tragic death at the luge event, picture captured of death on impact
Japanese beheading of the enemy
Real life Simba? Lions are truly one of the most powerful beasts in the animal kingdom
Vulture waiting for child to die before eating him. No one ever knew if he survived or not, the nearest camp being over 2 kilometres away. The photographer committed suicide not long later.