Photography is an art form we have often celebrated in this blog. Like many mediums it is mainly perfected by timing. The photographer must capture the moment in exactly the right way. These moments are often impossible to recreate. It is amazing when the perfect combination of composition and subject matter come together to create something that will capture the public's imagination. This week Jonathan Bachman from Reuters took a photograph of a woman at an anti-police brutality demonstration. The photograph was so moving, it quickly spread over social media.
The identity of the young woman is unknown. During a time of much sorrow, this picture shows how we can stand strong without the use of force. Photographs of nonviolent resistance movements have grown to be icons of different protest eras.
During the Vietnam War, Jan Rose Kasmir attended an anti-war march at the Pentagon when she stopped to share a flower with the National Guard. This photograph went on to be an iconic image of that era.
One of the most important images ever captured is the one of Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama on December 1, 1955. This nonviolent protest led Rosa Parks to become an inspirational figure in the Civil Rights Movement. Following her arrest, African-Americans boycotted public transportation for 381 days. This led the Supreme Court to desegregate public transportation in 1956.
Capturing these kinds of moments can affect real change in our society. It is important to stop and take notice of these important historical moments.