Living with the Enemy, 1982

In 1982, Donna Ferrato was on assignment to photograph swingers for Playboy. She befriended Garth and Lisa, a polyamorous couple from whose ‘successful marriage’ hid deep domestic abuses.

Napalm Girl, 1972 | Contact Sheets

In 1972, this picture of a nine-year-old girl, Kim Phuc, fleeing her village after a napalm attack brought the Vietnam War home to many. AP’s decision to publish the photo was controversial. Until then, there had never been images of naked children released by AP.

Mount St. Helens, April 1980

At 8:27 a.m. on May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens in the Pacific Northwest of the United States was 9,677 feet high. Over the next five minutes, the volcano lost 1,300 feet, blowing its top in an explosion so massive that trees toppled 17 miles away. 

Marcel Duchamp Plays Chess, 1963

Iconic juxtaposition, of the nude bride and the bachelor Duchamp, of black and white pieces, of man and woman, young and old, faced and faceless, under Duchamp’s piece The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors.

The Boat of No Smiles, 1977 | Contact Sheets

Between 1975 and 1992, around two million people (nearly four percent of the country’s population) fled Vietnam by boat to escape poverty, oppression, and war. Eddie Adams’ photos convinced the American government to allow 250,000 refugees to enter into the United States.

Seville, 1933 by Henri Cartier-Bresson | Contact Sheets

In 1932, Henri Cartier-Bresson set out on a tour of Southern Europe and the Maghreb; this journey with his 35 mm Leica was to be his formative tour that set out the rules of the art for not only the 25-year old photographer but also for a century of photojournalists who followed him.