26 of the Most Thought Provoking Photographs of All Time

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We frequently say a “photograph is worth a thousand words”, but sometimes they are worth even more. In this incredible series of photographs, the lens captures scenes that take us deep emotional journeys causing feeling ranging from uplifting joy to overwhelming sadness. The thought provoking power of these photos start us on a journey of thought and feeling that exceeds “a thousand words” with ease. The photo of the starving child’s hand being gently held by a missionary brings us feelings of despair and questions of how to help. The vision of the exhausted surgeon and  his assistant remind us of the immense sacrifice many doctors give to save lives and practice medicine. Each of these pictures capture moments filled with raw emotion and powerful stories, proving the impact of the camera.

Starving boy and missionary

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Image credits: Mike Wells

Inside an Auschwitz gas chamber

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Image credits: kligon5

Heart surgeon after 23-hour-long (successful) heart transplant. His assistant is sleeping in the corner.

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Image credits: James Stanfield

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