Death, violence, tortured bodies, despair. History, even if it repeats itself, is shocking.
10 photos marked history and at the same time they shocked the world. Some received Pulitzer prizes, and other became synonyms with the tragic moments when they were made. Natural or industrial disasters, wars, terrorist attacks, photo that shocked the world.
Carol Guzy, the first woman to receive a Pulitzer prize impressed in judges, in 2000, with the photo of the refugees from Kosovo. Agim Shala, a two years old boy, goes through the barbed wire fence to reach his family.
Neal Ulevich won the Pulitzer in 1977 for a series of photos that captured the brutality on the streets of Bangkok. The massacre of the Thammasat University took place on October 6, 1976. Students were protesting against dictator F.M.T. Kittikachorn. They were beaten, mutilated, hanged.
In 2006, the Israeli authorities ordered the people of Amona to be evacuated, a evacuation that degenerated into brutal violences. The moment was captured by Oded Bality for Associated Press and it caused quite the controversy. Ynet Nili, a 16 years old girl was photographed while she was standing up to the authorities. He said that such a photo is a work of art, but the things that took place there were horrible. The girl also said that she was beaten by the Police.
One of the most shocking photos after the 2004 Tsunami was taken by Reuters photographer Arko Datta, in Tamil Nadu. The photo shows a woman on the ground mourning the deaths of her family.
Pulitzer Winner Deanne Fitzmaurice won the award in 2005 for the LionHeart photo essay which told the story of a 9 years old boy from Iraq wounded because of a explosion.
Frank Fournier captured the image of Omayra Sanchez under ruins after the 1895 Columbia volcano eruption which killed 25,000 people. Omayra quickly became the symbol of that tragedy. Frank Fournier photographed the girl a few moments before she died.
Carolyn Cole, Los Angeles photographer, captured the aftermath of the Liberia war. Patrick Farrell from the Miami Herald phtographed the victims of Haiti in 2008.
The September 11 2001 photos made by Steve Ludlum were used by major newspapers all over the world.