Time Magazine recently released its list of 100 most influential images of all time.
The project explored the stories behind the images that changed the world, with the help of an international team of curators. Below are pictures about Africa that made it into the list:
1992 Famine In Somalia
American photographer James Nachtwey took this photo in 1992 during Somalia’s civil war in the capital city of Mogadishu. Thousands of citizens were affected by starvation as the armed conflict that engulfed the country sent food prices soaring, with international assistance failing to keep up with the needs of people. It was published on the cover of the New York Times magazine, drawing light on the devastation caused by the conflict. The picture resulted in people giving massive support to the Red Cross for their efforts in Somalia, providing assistance for over 1 million Somalians.
1976 Soweto Uprising
This picture, depicting the 1976 Soweto Uprisings in Johannesburg, South Africa, was taken by photographer Sam Nzima. Students in the township of Soweto were protesting against the apartheid government’s introduction of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in black schools. The protests were peaceful, until police started shooting at the students. Hector Pietersen was one of thousands of students killed by police, and in this picture, he is being carried away by grieve-stricken fellow student Mbuyisa Makhubu and his sister Antoinette Sithole. The picture brought the brutality of South Africa’s racial segregation to the fore.
1963 Nuit de Noël (Happy Club)
Malian photographer Malick Sidibé captured everyday life in his home country Mali, earning the nickname “Eye of Bamako”. This picture, of a happy couple dancing and enjoying themselves, was taken on Christmas Eve in 1963. Sidibé not only captured a couple at a club, lost in each other’s eyes while immaculately dressed, but also captured the changing culture of the day, where music played an important role in young people’s experience in Mali and the shackles of tradition were slowly being stripped off to usher in an new era of freedom of choice and expression.
2007 Gorilla In The Congo
This picture of a dead silverback mountain gorilla being carried off in a stretcher by more than a dozen men shed light on the negative effects that conflict has on the environment. Photographer Brent Stirton captured residents and park rangers carrying Senkwekwe the gorilla out of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo after he was shot dead by warring factions. The photograph, which was published in Newsweek, resulted in the signing of a legally binding treaty by Congo and several other African countries to help protect the mountain gorillas in Virunga.
1969 Albino Boy, Biafra
British war photographer Don McCullin took this picture of a 9-year-old albino child in Biafra, located in the south of Nigeria in 1969. Biafra was undergoing conflict as a result of its split from Nigeria, and the conflict caused widespread starvation and spread of disease through the region. The picture brought into light the struggle of citizens there, and influenced public opinion, pressured governments to take action, and led to massive airlifts of food, medicine and weapons.
1993 Starving Child and Vulture
Photographer Kevin Carter took this photograph of an emaciated toddler who had collapsed on the way to a feeding center in Sudan in 1993. Famine has swept through the country, resulting in mass starvation. The picture ran in the New York Times, and resulted in a mass debate about the photo-journalist’s place in aiding their subjects if they are in need. Carter won a Pulitzer for his image, however, he took his life in 1994, citing that he was haunted by the images of death he took throughout his career.
*images sourced from Time.