9 Iconic American Images

Iconic American Photos

Most photographers have, at their core, a strong desire to document the world around them for posterity’s sake.  Some of us lean towards capturing beauty in the world, others towards events or people or concepts or cityscapes or nature. But the common denominator is almost always a basic desire to capture and hold onto a moment in time.  In honor of this enjoy the following iconic images of the United States.

ansel-adams Ansel Adam’s famous image of Yomesite’s Half-Dome and the Merced River during winter. Adams photographed Half-Dome many times, this is one of the most famous, along with Half-Dome and Moon.

Apollo Moon LandingApollo Moon Landing…one giant step for mankind!

Depression-Era MIgrant MotherDepression-Era Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange. The woman’s name is Florence Owens Thompson; she was 32 at the time this photograph was taken, and is shown with two of her seven children here.

iwo-jima  The raising of the American flag over Iwo Jima; this is one of the most often reproduced photographs ever.The raising of the American flag over Iwo Jima; this is one of the most often reproduced photographs ever.

jfk-jr Saluting at his father's funeral.JFK Jr’s Saluting at his father’s funeral. Heartbreaking.

Sailor kissing a nurse in a white dress on V-J Day in Times Square, NYC, on August 14, 1945. Sailor kissing a nurse in a white dress on V-J Day in Times Square, NYC, on August 14, 1945.

 

This image isn't particularly famous in and of itself, but it does represent a special period in U.S. history that is now long gone.This image isn’t particularly famous in and of itself, but it does represent a special period in U.S. history that is now long gone.

This is another image that isn't famous in and of itself, but instead represents a hub of international traffic...NYC's Grand Central Station.

This is another image that isn’t famous in and of itself, but instead represents a hub of international traffic…NYC’s Grand Central Station.

Workers taking a lunch break on a girder during the building of the Rockefeller Center's G.E. building in 1932.Workers taking a lunch break on a girder during the building of the Rockefeller Center’s G.E. building in 1932.

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