Photos that Changed the World (?)

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Above is the talk by Jonathan Klein of Getty Images at TED conference on some of the most iconic photos. I totally agree with his approach on historicity, iconicity and inspiration caused by photos and how photos are just conduits and how it is us, rather than photos which actually change the world.

For those of you who don’t know what TED talks are, they are these annual super-expensive-to-attend gatherings where famous people come to talk. They got everyone from photography to medicine, from comedians to politicians. Although the speakers are usually diverse, the attendees aren’t — usually they include those limousine liberals and Bordeaux socialists.

I absolutely refuse to pay around $5,000 to see something you can get online for free a couple of months later, but hey, I am not a millionaire. But everyone should check out TED conferences online though — they are pretty good, and they will teach you something new everytime.

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