Iconography Part Two: 1950 – 2001

Albert Einstein, 1950

Albert Einstein, 1950

Segregation in the American South, 1950

Segregation in the American South, 1950

Marilyn Monroe, 1954

Marilyn Monroe, 1954

The 'Oak' blast of the Hardtack-I series of H-Bomb tests.

The ‘Oak’ blast of the Hardtack-I series of H-Bomb tests.

Che Guevara, 1960

Che Guevara, 1960

6-year-old Ruby Bridges escorted from her newly-integrated elementary school by US Marshals in 1960.

6-year-old Ruby Bridges escorted from her newly-integrated elementary school by US Marshals in 1960.

The Loneliest Job in the World: John F Kennedy, 1961

The Loneliest Job in the World: John F Kennedy, 1961

An East German border guard leaps to the West in Berlin, 1961

An East German border guard leaps to the West in Berlin, 1961

John F Kennedy Jr salutes his father's funeral caisson, 1963

John F Kennedy Jr salutes his father’s funeral caisson, 1963

Thich Quang Duc immolates himself in protest of the persecution of Buddhist monks by the Diem government in Vietnam. 1963.

Thich Quang Duc immolates himself in protest of the persecution of Buddhist monks by the Diem government in Vietnam. 1963.

Christine Keeler, the callgirl at the heart of the Profumo affair, poses in 1963.

Christine Keeler, the callgirl at the heart of the Profumo affair, poses in 1963.

The Greatest. Muhammed Ali & Sonny Liston, 1964.

The Greatest. Muhammed Ali & Sonny Liston, 1964.

Rose Kasmir presents a flower to American guards outside the Pentagon as part of an anti-war demonstration, 1967

Rose Kasmir presents a flower to American guards outside the Pentagon as part of an anti-war demonstration, 1967

The most reproduced image in history. This 1967 profile on the Queen has been used on at least 200 million stamps, as well as currency.

The most reproduced image in history. This 1967 profile of the Queen has been used on at least 200 million stamps, as well as currency.

The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., 1968.

The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., 1968.

Earthrise. The planet Earth, as seen from Apollo 8 in 1968.

Earthrise. The planet Earth, as seen from Apollo 8 in 1968.

A bellydancer on the London underground demonstrates that London is, indeed, swinging, in 1968.

A bellydancer on the London underground demonstrates that London is, indeed, swinging, in 1968.

The Beatles cross Abbey Road, 1969.

The Beatles cross Abbey Road, 1969.

Buzz Aldrin, standing on the lunar surface. Neil Armstrong can be seen taking the picture reflected in Aldrin's visor. 1969.

Buzz Aldrin, standing on the lunar surface. Neil Armstrong can be seen taking the picture reflected in Aldrin’s visor. 1969.

Pele and Bobby Moore swaps shirts in the Mexico World Cup, 1970.

Pele and Bobby Moore swaps shirts in the Mexico World Cup, 1970.

Phan Thi Kim Phuc runs down a road after being badly burned in a South Vietnamese napalm attack on her village in 1972.

Phan Thi Kim Phuc runs down a road after being badly burned in a South Vietnamese napalm attack on her village in 1972.

Following Pinochets coup in Chile, Daniel Cespedes is led away to be imprisoned and interrogated in the stadium in 1973.

Following Pinochet’s coup in Chile, Daniel Cespedes is led away to be imprisoned and interrogated in the stadium in 1973.

The fall of Saigon. Americans flee Vietnam from the roof of the CIA headquarters in 1975.

The fall of Saigon. Americans flee Vietnam from the roof of the CIA headquarters in 1975.

The Soiling of Old Glory. A young white man attempts to assault a black civil rights lawyer in 1976.

The Soiling of Old Glory. A young white man attempts to assault a black civil rights lawyer in 1976.

A missionary holds a child's hand during the Uganda famine. This picture was taken in April 1980.

A missionary holds a child’s hand during the Uganda famine. This picture was taken in April 1980.

Prince Charles kisses Princess Diana after their marriage in 1981.

Prince Charles kisses Princess Diana after their marriage in 1981.

Planetary Bodies: in 1984, technology enables untethered space walks to occur.

Planetary Bodies: in 1984, technology enables untethered space walks to occur.

Tank Man - the anonymous civilian who forced a column of tanks to cease as they moved to crush an uprising in Tianamen Square in June 1989.

Tank Man – the anonymous civilian who forced a column of tanks to cease as they moved to crush an uprising in Tianamen Square in June 1989.

The Berlin Wall is brought down in November, 1989

The Berlin Wall is brought down in November, 1989

A vulture stalks a starving child in Sudan, 1993.

A vulture stalks a starving child in Sudan, 1993.

Sarajevo in the early 1990s, after cataclysmic shelling of a type not seen since the Red Army opened fire on Berlin. The siege lasted 1200 days. 12,000 civilians were killed.

Sarajevo in the early 1990s, after cataclysmic shelling of a type not seen since the Red Army opened fire on Berlin. The siege lasted 1200 days. 12,000 civilians were killed.

Warning: the next image may disturb or upset you.

This woman hanged herself in Srebrenica in 1995. It was the publication of this photograph that persuaded the UN to begin retaliatory airstrikes. The Bosnian war ended soon afterward.

This woman hanged herself in Srebrenica in 1995. It was the publication of this photograph that persuaded the UN to begin retaliatory airstrikes. The Bosnian war ended soon afterward.

September 11 2001. Terrorist organisation Al-Qaeda attacks the World Trade Center in New York, flying two hijacked aircraft into the two towers. Another aircraft hits the Pentagon. A fourth crashes due to the intervention of its passengers. Its target was the White House.

September 11 2001. Terrorist organisation Al-Qaeda attacks the World Trade Center in New York, flying two hijacked aircraft into the two towers. Another aircraft hits the Pentagon. A fourth crashes due to the intervention of its passengers. Its target was the White House.

Stunned onlookers watch the second plane hit the second tower.

Stunned onlookers watch the second plane hit the second tower.

White House Chief of Staff Andy Card leans over to President George W. Bush to say "A second plane hit the second tower. We are under attack."

White House Chief of Staff Andy Card leans over to President George W. Bush to say “A second plane hit the second tower. We are under attack.”

This image, called The Falling Man, has come to be emblematic of all those who chose death on their own terms that day.

This image, called The Falling Man, has come to be emblematic of all those who chose death on their own terms that day.

Probably the most argued-over image in these posts. According to the people photographed, they were, in a state of shock, discussing what they as individuals and as a country should do next.

Probably the most argued-over image in these posts. According to the people photographed, they were, in a state of shock, discussing what they as individuals and as a country should do next.

About Gavin

I am a 32-year-old PhD student in Aberdeen, Scotland. I work in QC at an e-learning company. I'm originally Northern Irish, though I've lived here in Aberdeen for several years. I am, essentially, somebody who is very normal, yet to whom very strange things keep happening...
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