Since the inception of the art of photography during the first decades of the 19th century, photography has quickly become one of the most important ways of documenting the human experience to share it with others. No longer does history need to be consigned to drawings and paintings, for photography captures the very essence of an event.
When we think of photography and photojournalism today, the iconic image of the Chinese “Tank Man” from the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 comes to mind. That, and many other photographs have captured the hearts, and minds, of everyone exposed to the modern media.
Wired.com has compiled some of the most iconic images taken in the last 50 years, alongside the photographers who took them.