We should warn our readers that some of these pictures may upset them, while others may fill them with joy. But that’s precisely because these images reflect some of the best and worst parts of the human experience and world events. Our post of must-see photos from the past described our history while these photos, for the most part, describe our present – our suffering and our triumphs, our perseverance and our failures, our compassion and our hatred, our intelligence and our stupidity.
Some of these photographs may mean more to some of our readers than to others. But hopefully, they will remind us all that the world can always use a little bit more love, tolerance, compassion and understanding.
P.S: we always try our best to credit each and every photographer, but sometimes it’s impossible to track some of them. Please leave a comment if you know the missing authors.
1. Heart surgeon after 23-hour-long (successful) heart transplant. His assistant is sleeping in the corner.
Image Credit: James Stanfield
2. Father and son (1949 vs 2009)
Image Credit: Vojage-Vojage
3. A Russian soldier playing an abandoned piano in Chechnya in 1994
Image Credit: drugoi.livejournal.com
4. Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for 7 months
Image Credit: Louie Favorite
5. Alcoholic father with his son
Image Credit: imgur.com
6. Indian homeless men wait to receive free food distributed outside a mosque ahead of Eid al-Fitr in New Delhi, India
Image Credits: Tsering Topgyal / AP
7. Young man just found out his brother was killed
Image Credit: Nhat V. Meyer
8. Starving boy and missionary
Image Credit: Mike Wells
9. Inside an Auschwitz gas chamber
Image Credit: kligon5
10. Embracing couple in the rubble of a collapsed factory
Image Credit: Taslima Akhter
11. In May 2008, cyclone Nargis struck southern Myanmar, leaving millions homeless and claiming more than 100,000 lives
Image Credit: Brian Sokol
12. A dog named “Leao” sits for a second consecutive day at the grave of her owner, who died in the disastrous landslides near Rio de Janiero in 2011.
Image Credits: Vanderlei Almeida / Getty Images
13. “Wait For Me Daddy,” by Claude P. Dettloff in New Westminster, Canada, October 1, 1940
Image Credit: Claud Detloff
14. A woman sits amidst the wreckage caused by a massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami, in Natori, northern Japan, in March 2011
Image Credits: Asahi Shimbun, Toshiyuki Tsunenari /AP
15. Some parents, likely now in their 70’s, still looking for their missing child.
Image Credit: reddit.com
16. An Afghan man offers tea to soldiers
Image Credits: Rafiq Maqbool / AP
P.S: we always try our best to credit each and every photographer, but sometimes it’s impossible to track some of them.