5 photos that describe humanity the best

Have you ever wondered about the power that photography can bear in itself? As the famous Robert Frank puts it: “There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment”, we will try to give a panorama of the last century through five photos that contain our challenges and achievements in a collective level. Knowing history means knowing who we are and open new potentials on who we can be.

#1 The first flying machine (1903)

On December 17, 1903, news came through for a great historical event. Two brothers had flown a curious air machine. This air machine was flown for more than a minute and later was called airplane. 

This event marked a revolution in human transportation and was in fact one of human's greatest achievements. These were the Wright Brothers.

#2 Yalta Conference

The Yalta Conference is a conference that started on 4 February 1945 and finished on 11 February 1945. This conference was held during World War II and it was discussed the reorganization of Germany and Europe post WWII.

 The meeting participants were the President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Prime Minister of Great Britain Winston Churchill and head of Government of Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin.

#3 “I have a dream speech” August, 1963

Even after WWII, the American society still struggled with racial issues and individual rights. On 28 august 1963 on Lincoln Memorial, DC Marthin Luther King gave a speech that would be a symbol of freedom and equality. 

In this speech he argues about the Constitution of the United States and remembers the man who signed the Emancipation Proclamation, that contributed on abolishing slavery on 1863, Abraham Lincoln. 

This is a speech that even today is remembered for the thoughtfulness and deepness that contains on issues like racial equality and individual fundamental rights.

 

#4 A small step for man, a giant leap for Humanity

These are the first words of Neil Armstrong, on 20 July 1969 when he first landed on the moon. Landing on the moon remains one of the greatest achievements of humanity on outer space because exploring the outer space, we understand how small we are and the infinity of the universe.

 Reason, which differentiates human from animals, invites us humans to explore and be creative on a tremendous adventure, the Universe.

#5 Fall of Berlin Wall, 1989

At the end of World War II, Germany was divided into four military zones, the French, the British, the Americans and the Soviets, as well as the city of Berlin. Three million people went from East Germany and East Berlin to the west in a time period of 16 years. The wall was built to stop the departure of East Germans, thus becoming a symbol of their lack of freedom.

On the evening of November 9, 1989, the 155-kilometer Wall around the democratic enclave of West Berlin was unveiled. The border between East and West Germany, where Warsaw Pact and NATO tanks stood facing each other for decades, lost its meaning, as did the socialist state of Germany.

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