If you think about any world war, natural disaster, world series win, or presidential election, you’re bound to conjure up an image in your mind. That famous image of the American flag being raised at Iwo Jima remains an image almost representative of World War II in it’s entirety. You may not remember the photographer, Joe Rosenthal, or any of the facts surrounding the image itself – but somehow, the image stands alone. It remains so famous that other iconic images, such as the firefighters raising the American flag at Ground Zero have reminded us all of it. Ted Talks featured Jonathan Klein, of Getty Images to share with us some of the most famous photographs in the world.

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Photo credit: Joe Rosenthal via CNN.com

Klein explains to us that some images are so powerful that they have the ability to shape thoughts, form opinions, and create a call to action. The images he shares in his Ted Talk, below, educate us, haunt us, and definitely immortalize emotions associated with these iconic moments.

Klein talks about this series of images, specifically. The photos Princess Diana with children who had been orphaned by HIV/AIDS were so powerful because they were taken during a time when there was so much stigma surrounding those infected with and affected by the virus. These photos helped to humanize those living with the disease and change the overarching global attitudes towards HIV.

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Photo credit: Getty Images

Klein’s Ted Talk was brief, succinct, and convincing: the images really spoke for themselves (pun intended). We live in a world inundated with visual stimulus. Wherever we go, we are flooded with images. With digital photography at our fingertips, anyone can be in the right place at the right time, so to speak. So just how, exactly, can one image stand out above all the rest? How can one image change the views of millions? Watch the Ted Talk, below, and let us know your thoughts.

What iconic images came to mind for you when watching this?