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40 of the most powerful pics...

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Some amazing, and poignant, shots in this collection...

http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/most-powerful-photographs-ever-taken

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Retired Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis is arrested for participating in the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011

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Jewish prisoners at the moment of their liberation from an internment camp "death train" near the Elbe in 1945. (More pictures and the full story here.)

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Australian Scott Jones kisses his Canadian girlfriend Alex Thomas after she was knocked to the ground by a police officer's riot shield in Vancouver, British Columbia. Canadians rioted after the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins.

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Phyllis Siegel, 76, left, and Connie Kopelov, 84, both of New York, embrace after becoming the first same-sex couple to get married at the Manhattan City Clerk's office in 2011.

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A 4-month-old baby girl in a pink bear suit is miraculously rescued from the rubble by soldiers after four days missing following the Japanese tsunami.

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PoW Horace Greasley defiantly confronts Heinrich Himmler during an inspection of the camp he was confined in. Greasley also famously escaped from the camp and snuck back in more than 200 times to meet in secret with a local German girl he had fallen in love with.

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"La Jeune Fille a la Fleur," a photograph by Marc Riboud, shows the young pacifist Jane Rose Kasmir planting a flower on the bayonets of guards at the Pentagon during a protest against the Vietnam War on October 21, 1967. The photograph would eventually become the symbol of the flower powermovement.

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some cool pics there Iain ... not always "great" pics but some very strong messages and reminders there !!!

To achieve "greatness" you need pics that really capture the human condition.

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Notice all of the starving girls in the pic.

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some cool pics there Iain ... not always "great" pics but some very strong messages and reminders there !!!

Think that was the point of the collection Ciaran - they are reckoned among the most powerful pictures taken, because of (as you say) the messages and reminders contained. Some are very striking.

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Think that was the point of the collection Ciaran - they are reckoned among the most powerful pictures taken, because of (as you say) the messages and reminders contained. Some are very striking.

i did kinda realise that !!!!

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