Time magazine's 100 most influential photos ever taken

The legendary 2014 Oscar selfie featuring Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and more. Photo / Twitter
The legendary 2014 Oscar selfie featuring Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and more. Photo / Twitter

A single drop of milk. A newborn baby. The ravages of war and terrorism. The defiance of those who protest and the fear of those entrapped.

All are included in a multimedia project featuringTime magazine's most influential images of all time, released through a new book, videos and a website.

Many of the photos or frames from films are familiar, ingrained in the collective conscious, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Falling Man, taken on 9/11 by Richard Drew of The Associated Press.

Others, and their stories, are little known, such as the tiny snap by California software engineer Philippe Kahn of his new baby, the first mobile phone picture, after he rigged a flip phone with a digital camera in 1997.

The magazine's editors consulted historians and photo editors and curators around the world, while Time staff interviewed the photographers, picture subjects, friends and family to write essays on each image.

Matthew Brady's Abraham Lincoln, Dorothea Lange's migrant mother, the flag raising at Iwo Jima by the AP's Joe Rosenthal - also a Pulitzer Prize winner - and that famous kiss in Times Square on V-J Day, captured by Alfred Eisenstaedt, are among the 100 chosen.

The 1945 flag raising at Iwo Jima by the AP's Joe Rosenthal is included in Time magazine's most influential images of all time. Photo / AP
The 1945 flag raising at Iwo Jima by the AP's Joe Rosenthal is included in Time magazine's most influential images of all time. Photo / AP

So is Frame 313 of the amateur, 8-millimeter film shot by Abraham Zapruder of John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963. Life magazine withheld that frame at the time, notorious in its absence for showing the bullet on impact with Kennedy's head.

Demi Moore was seven months pregnant when Annie Leibovitz photographed her in 1991 for the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. Photo / Getty Images
Demi Moore was seven months pregnant when Annie Leibovitz photographed her in 1991 for the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. Photo / Getty Images

Some were chosen for their content, others for their innovation. Harold Edgerton, for instance, while tinkering in his lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, laid the foundation for the modern electronic photo flash with his 1957 Milk Drop Coronet.

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He froze the drop as it landed on a table using strobe lights with camera shutter motors to refine moments otherwise imperceptible to the human eye, according to the project's book companion, 100 Photographs: The Most Influential Images of All Time.

The Hubble telescope in 1995 an image of the universe so clear and deep that it has come to be known as Pillars of Creation. Photo / AP
The Hubble telescope in 1995 an image of the universe so clear and deep that it has come to be known as Pillars of Creation. Photo / AP
Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother portrait, taken in 1936, humanised the cost of the Great Depression. Photo / Getty Images
Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother portrait, taken in 1936, humanised the cost of the Great Depression. Photo / Getty Images
Alfred Eisenstaedt's V-J Day in Times Square captured the mood of New York City when WWII ended in 1945. Photo / Alfred Eisenstaedt, News Limited
Alfred Eisenstaedt's V-J Day in Times Square captured the mood of New York City when WWII ended in 1945. Photo / Alfred Eisenstaedt, News Limited

There is a NASA image of Earth from the far side of the moon, a foetus still in the sac, revealing what pre-birth development looks like.

John Dominis's Black Power Salute shattered the illusion that all was right in the world in 1968. Photo / AP
John Dominis's Black Power Salute shattered the illusion that all was right in the world in 1968. Photo / AP

There's also the famous, fuzzy Loch Ness Monster from 1934, Robert Mapplethorpe's 1979 Brian Ridley and Lyle Heeter, in full sadomasochist regalia, Brent Stirton's first prize entry in the 2008 World Press Photo contest, and the famous Oscars selfie initiated by Ellen DeGeneres in 2014.

- AP and staff writers, News Corp Australia

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