At a time where almost everyone has accessibility to a camera, and much of our time is spent flicking through images on social media, the camera has never been more of an essential item.

The camera allows us to freeze time in pictures and endlessly cherish a specific moment. A good photograph makes a point, and a great one serves as a statement about the current culture and life that is happening at that time.

The following 50 photographs have been inspiring people for decades and are proof of important times that changed history forever. FromĀ “the most influential environmental photograph ever taken” to images that show broken hearts alongside the truest forms of love, here are 50 influential photographs that changed our world.

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1965’s “How Life Begins” is one of the first pictures ever taken with an endoscope.