Time's 100 Most Influential Photos of All Time [2016]

Historical Accolades

* Ranking is arbitrary based on appearance * Missing: Roger Fenton (3) * Mrs. Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen (9) * Sadie Pfeifer/Cotton Mill Girl (13) * The Falling Soldier (23) * Ella Watson (29) * Mrs. George Washington Kavanaugh and Lady Decies (32) * Huston ‘Hu’ Riley (33) * Lieutenant Charles Levy (36) * Ernest Ceriani/‘Country Doctor’ (41) * Pierre Koenig (47) * Albino Boy (63) * Mary Ann Vecchio (70) * Molotov Man (73) * Brian Ridley and Lyle Heeter (77) * Garth and Lisa (79) * Richard Prince (81) * Sophie Kahn (83) * David Kirby (82) * Ali Shallal Al Qaisi/The Hooded Man (92) * Neda Agha-Soltan (96)

This Category is Ranked. Sort by Ranking Based on Votes by clicking on Vote Ranking. Sort by the Collection's Ranking by clicking on List Ranking.

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64

1

Joseph Nicephore Niepce

Inventor

0% (0 of 0 votes)

138

2

Louis Daguerre

Inventor

0% (0 of 0 votes)

24

3

War

Event

60.66% (74 of 122 votes)

139

3

Crimea

Location

0% (0 of 0 votes)

48

4

Abraham Lincoln

U.S. President

33.66% (69 of 205 votes)

91

4

Matthew Brady

Photographer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

1

5

California

State

100% (6 of 6 votes)

2

6

Maryland

State

100% (1 of 1 votes)

25

6

War

Event

60.66% (74 of 122 votes)

97

7

Eadweard Muybridge

Photographer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

98

8

Jacob Riis

Advocate

0% (0 of 0 votes)

99

9

Wilhelm Roentgen

Scientist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

100

10

Edward Steichen

Photographer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

101

11

Edward S. Curtis

Photographer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

38

12

Alfred Stieglitz

Photographer

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

140

13

Lewis Hine

Photographer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

92

14

Paul Strand

Photographer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

3

16

Erich Salomon

Photographer

100% (1 of 1 votes)

93

16

The Hague, Netherlands

Location

0% (0 of 0 votes)

96

17

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Photographer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

37

18

New York City, New York

Location

50.0% (5 of 10 votes)

94

19

James Van Der Zee

Photographer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

95

20

Nessie

Fictional Character

0% (0 of 0 votes)

20

21

Adolf Hitler

World Leader

65.04% (227 of 349 votes)

21

21

Nazi Party

Organization

65.02% (145 of 223 votes)

109

22

Dorothea Lange

Photographer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

110

22

Florence Owens Thompson

Oddity

0% (0 of 1 votes)

111

23

Robert Capa

Photographer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

112

23

Spain

Location

0% (0 of 1 votes)

4

24

Margaret Bourke-White

Photographer

100% (1 of 1 votes)

114

24

Montana

State

0% (0 of 0 votes)

115

25

Max Pruss

Aviator

0% (0 of 1 votes)

18

26

China

Location

65.10% (97 of 149 votes)

52

27

Winston Churchill

World Leader

6.67% (1 of 15 votes)

113

27

Yousuf Karsh

Photographer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

5

28

Ukraine

Location

100% (1 of 1 votes)

65

29

Gordon Parks

Photographer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

39

30

Betty Grable

Actress

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

102

31

Warsaw, Poland

Location

0% (0 of 0 votes)

103

31

Tsvi Chaim Nussbaum

Doctor

0% (0 of 0 votes)

104

33

Robert Capa

Photographer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

14

34

Rene Gagnon

Military Personnel

100% (2 of 2 votes)

105

34

John Bradley

Military Personnel

0% (0 of 0 votes)

106

34

Ira Hayes

Hero

0% (0 of 0 votes)

107

34

Joe Rosenthal

Photographer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

136

34

Harlon Block

Military Personnel

0% (0 of 0 votes)

137

34

Michael Strank

Military Personnel

0% (0 of 1 votes)

108

35

Germany

Location

0% (0 of 1 votes)

46

36

Japan

Location

42.86% (51 of 119 votes)

66

37

Alfred Eisenstaedt

Photographer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

67

37

George Mendonsa

Military Personnel

0% (0 of 0 votes)

68

37

Edith Shain

Nurse

0% (0 of 1 votes)

6

38

Mahatma Gandhi

Diplomat

100% (1 of 1 votes)

7

38

Margaret Bourke-White

Photographer

100% (1 of 1 votes)

61

39

Salvador Dali

Artist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

62

39

Philippe Halsman

Photographer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

22

40

New York Yankees

Sports Team

61.20% (112 of 183 votes)

63

40

Babe Ruth

Baseball Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

40

41

Colorado

State

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

16

42

Massachusetts

State

81.25% (13 of 16 votes)

41

42

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

First Lady

50.0% (11 of 22 votes)

60

42

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

U.S. President

4.88% (2 of 41 votes)

56

43

Paris, France

Location

5.71% (2 of 35 votes)

73

43

Christian Dior

Designer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

74

43

Richard Avedon

Photographer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

145

43

Dovima

Model

0% (0 of 3 votes)

75

44

Mamie Till Mobley

Educator

0% (0 of 0 votes)

76

44

Emmett Till

Victim

0% (0 of 1 votes)

55

45

Che Guevara

Military Personnel

5.71% (2 of 35 votes)

77

45

Alberto Korda

Photographer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

27

46

Los Angeles, California

Location

60.0% (3 of 5 votes)

8

48

Conrad Schumann

Outlaw

100% (1 of 1 votes)

116

48

Berlin Wall (Destruction)

Event

0% (0 of 0 votes)

57

49

Mali

Location

5.71% (2 of 35 votes)

69

50

Birmingham, Alabama

Location

0% (0 of 1 votes)

70

51

Malcolm Browne

Commentator

0% (0 of 0 votes)

71

51

Thich Quang Duc

Religious Figure

0% (0 of 0 votes)

32

52

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

First Lady

50.0% (11 of 22 votes)

59

52

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

U.S. President

4.88% (2 of 41 votes)

72

52

Abraham Zapruder

Entrepreneur

0% (0 of 0 votes)

42

53

John Lennon

Vocalist

47.95% (35 of 73 votes)

45

53

George Harrison

Musician

44.76% (47 of 105 votes)

47

53

Beatles

Musicians

40.24% (33 of 82 votes)

51

53

Ringo Starr

Musician

7.69% (3 of 39 votes)

58

53

Paul McCartney

Vocalist

5.13% (2 of 39 votes)

17

54

Muhammad Ali

Boxer

75.00% (6 of 8 votes)

54

54

Sonny Liston

Boxer

5.71% (2 of 35 votes)

78

56

Mao ZeDong

World Leader

0% (0 of 0 votes)

146

57

Nguyen Ngoc Loan

Military Personnel

0% (0 of 0 votes)

147

57

Lem Van Nguyen

Military Personnel

0% (0 of 0 votes)

148

57

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

Location

0% (0 of 0 votes)

79

58

Prague, Czech Republic

Location

0% (0 of 1 votes)

80

59

Tommie Smith

Athlete

0% (0 of 0 votes)

81

59

John Carlos

Athlete

0% (0 of 0 votes)

82

59

Peter Norman

Athlete

0% (0 of 1 votes)

83

59

Mexico City, Mexico

Location

0% (0 of 1 votes)

84

60

William Anders

Astronaut

0% (0 of 0 votes)

85

60

Earth

Astronomical Object

0% (0 of 1 votes)

86

60

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

Organization

0% (0 of 0 votes)

87

61

Nigeria

Location

0% (0 of 0 votes)

88

62

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

Organization

0% (0 of 0 votes)

89

62

Neil Armstrong

Astronaut

0% (0 of 3 votes)

90

62

The Moon

Astronomical Object

0% (0 of 1 votes)

149

62

Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin, Jr.

Astronaut

0% (0 of 0 votes)

150

63

Kent State Incident

Event

0% (0 of 0 votes)

33

64

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

First Lady

50.0% (11 of 22 votes)

117

65

Nick Ut

Photographer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

151

65

Kim Phuc

Advocate

0% (0 of 0 votes)

10

66

Black September

Organization

100% (4 of 4 votes)

118

66

Munich, Germany

Location

0% (0 of 0 votes)

121

67

Salvador Allende

Diplomat

0% (0 of 1 votes)

9

68

Boston, Massachusetts

Location

100% (6 of 6 votes)

122

69

South Africa

Location

0% (0 of 0 votes)

123

72

Cindy Sherman

Photographer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

124

74

Nicaragua

Location

0% (0 of 0 votes)

125

74

Sandinista National Liberation Front

Organization

0% (0 of 0 votes)

43

75

Iran

Location

47.65% (71 of 149 votes)

11

76

Michael Jordan

Basketball Player

100% (5 of 5 votes)

119

77

Robert Mapplethorpe

Photographer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

44

78

Jesus Christ

Religious Figure

45.39% (202 of 445 votes)

120

78

Andres Serrano

Photographer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

19

80

China

Location

65.10% (97 of 149 votes)

130

80

Unknown Rebel

Advocate

0% (0 of 1 votes)

131

83

Philippe Kahn

Computer Tech

0% (0 of 1 votes)

35

84

Demi Moore

Actress

50.0% (2 of 4 votes)

132

84

Annie Leibovitz

Photographer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

135

85

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Location

0% (0 of 0 votes)

36

86

Somalia

Location

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

133

87

Kevin Carter

Photographer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

134

87

Sudan

Location

0% (0 of 0 votes)

152

88

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

Organization

0% (0 of 0 votes)

26

89

Los Angeles, California

Location

60.0% (3 of 5 votes)

12

90

Africa

Location

100% (1 of 1 votes)

34

91

New York City, New York

Location

50.0% (5 of 10 votes)

129

91

The Falling Man

Victim

0% (0 of 0 votes)

127

92

Sergeant Ivan Frederick

Military Personnel

0% (0 of 0 votes)

49

93

Iraq

Location

8.33% (3 of 36 votes)

128

93

United States Army

Military Personnel

0% (0 of 0 votes)

141

93

Tami Silicio

Photographer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

50

94

Iraq

Location

8.33% (3 of 36 votes)

126

94

United States Army

Military Personnel

0% (0 of 0 votes)

13

95

Congo, Democratic Republic of (Zaire)

Location

100% (1 of 1 votes)

28

97

Barack Obama

U.S. President

57.12% (622 of 1089 votes)

30

97

Hillary Rodham Clinton

First Lady

53.18% (501 of 942 votes)

31

97

Joe Biden

U.S. President

52.88% (1623 of 3069 votes)

23

98

North Korea

Location

61.02% (144 of 236 votes)

15

99

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Organization

100% (1 of 1 votes)

29

99

Ellen DeGeneres

Comedienne

54.39% (31 of 57 votes)

53

99

Bradley Cooper

Actor

5.88% (1 of 17 votes)

144

99

Samsung

Corporation

0% (0 of 0 votes)

142

100

Syria

Location

0% (0 of 0 votes)

143

100

Greece

Location

0% (0 of 0 votes)