10 Most Iconic War Photos

10 Most Iconic War Photos

War, that most grisly of human activities, has often been the subject of paintings, poems and theater. Depicted as glorious or shameful, war has always been graphically with us throughout history; from the ancient Greeks, to the ancient Egyptians; from the Chinese of the Han Dynasty, to the Mesopotamians. Illustrious examples include the Alexander Mosaic, the Stele of the Vultures (about 2,500 BC), the Battlefield Palette, Velazquez’s The Surrender of Breda or Goya’s Third of May. So it’s not surprising that when photography was born and it’s power of documentation and artistic revelation were discovered, it too entered the fray with even more realism and different aesthetic reasons. Here are the 20 most iconic war photos of our era.

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