John Stanmeyer, photojournalist and co-founder, VII Photo agency
One image that summarizes our fragility and the need to work for peace is the simple yet poignant photograph of Earth taken by the astronaut William Anders during 1968’s Apollo 8 mission.
Pete Souza, photographer and author, Obama: An Intimate Portrait
John Filo’s photograph showing a woman kneeling over a victim of the Kent State shootings, taken in 1970, won a Pulitzer Prize, and was the first picture that riveted my attention as a teenager, when it appeared in my hometown newspaper.
Steve McCurry, photographer, Afghan Girl
It almost doesn’t matter whether viewers know the backstory of Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother (1936), of a mother and her children during the Depression, because the photo instantly reaches deep down into our souls and grabs us at a visceral level. This woman’s humanity, adversity, determination, and fortitude will remain with us forever.
Joel Sartore, founder, National Geographic Photo Ark
Eddie Adams’s iconic Saigon Execution (1968) helped stop a war. This image demonstrates the power of still photography to make a single moment last forever. The impact of this photo motivates me in my work to take images that inspire people to stop a different battle: the extinction crisis.
Charles H. Traub, photographer and educator, School of Visual Arts