50 Of The Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken

Some pictures are so strongly expressive that their story stays alive for years and does not fade. I hit upon this phenomenon recently while I was looking through some historic photographs from the last decades. I couldn't help collecting a few of them for you, so please take a look yourself:



Kyle Hockenberry: The Man Who Lived Up To His Tattoo


Private First Class Kyle Hockenberry's military tattoo proved to be more true than most out there. While on a mission with his team -- 1st Infantry Division – on June 15th in Afghanistan, an explosive went off, taking both of Kyle's legs and his right arm.

He had joined the military after being out of high school for just four months and was shipped overseas not much longer after that out of Fort Riley, Kansas. Against all odds, Kyle is still going strong. The doctors managed to keep his tattoo intact through all of the reconstructive surgeries.

Terri Gurrola Is Tearfully Reunited With Her Daughter


In 2007, Terri Gurrola was forced to face her worst fear – leaving her 2-year-old daughter behind to go fight in Iraq. After seven long months, Terri was reunited with her daughter, who she feared might forget who she was. To her great happiness, her daughter didn't forget who she was. All she would say was, "Mommy, I missed you!" over and over again.

Everyone in the airport, men included, as Terri reported, broke out in tears seeing the mother and her daughter reunited. Terri now has a son and lives with them in North Korea where she is still a medical doctor in the military.

The Day The German's Tactics Were Foiled


The Battle of Kursk was a battle that occurred during the second World War between German and Soviet forces in July and August of 1943. During this battle, the Germans hoped to be able to weaken the Soviets by taking out large numbers of their men. They also hoped they could capture many of the Soviet men to use as slaves.

The Soviets, however, knew about the plans months before it was put into play, thanks to the British allies. They were able to put together barricades, minefields, firing zones, and more. In the end, the Battle of Kursk became the first battle the Germans had their tactics foiled.

The Wife Of The Late Lt. James Cathey Sleeps With Him One Last Time


Lt. James Cathey of the United States Marine Corps was killed while on a tour in Iraq. He had only been there for a month when an explosive took his life. His wife, Katherine Cathey, who was pregnant when he died, laid by his side one last time before his funeral

Other marines set up a bed for Katherine around her late husband's casket so she could rest in peace. Before she laid to sleep, she played songs that reminded her of him. The marines guarded her during the entire night, per her request. She felt her husband would have preferred it that way.

The Truth Behind Hijabs


Hijabs are worn by many Indian women as a symbol of modesty and privacy. They come in a multitude of colors, oftentimes very bright and sometimes even with jewels. They are generally worn around men who are not in the immediate family and are used to cover the neck, head, and parts of the face to maintain modesty.

The term means "screen," or "curtain." Generally, the women wearing these head scarves do so out of their own desire, though others feel forced into it because of religion – there are all kinds of different views on the wearing of such.

Afghanistan Is Finally Working To Fix Their Polio Problem


An Afghani woman holds her child up during a vaccination campaign in Kabul. The Ministry of Public Health, alongside UNICEF and WHO (the World Health Organization) worked together to launch a vaccine campaign to ensure every child under the age of 5 in Afghanistan was vaccinated for Polio.

The campaign lasted for four days and aimed to vaccinate 9.5 million children, including those without homes. Polio is a crippling disease that many young people cannot live through. Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two countries who still have an issue with Polio, but thankfully they are finally fighting against it.

The Horrific Reaction Of A Man Who Just Learned His Brother Had Been Killed


In San Jose, California, a young teen is killed just after school let out. He was stabbed to death – the second teen to be stabbed in two weeks in the area. Medical staff arrived to give him CPR, but failed to save his life.

Sgt. Rick Delisser is assigned the duty of watching over the dead teen's older brother, who is in heretics after learning his brother has been murdered. "That's my little baby brother. He has a father; he has a mother. I helped raise him," he screamed to officers at the surrounding scene.

Mount Hagen Cultural Show: Sharing Traditions


Sing-sing, a celebration in Papua New Guinea, is the gathering of tribes where a variety of cultures show off their dance, music, and traditions to others. It is also known as the Mount Hagen Cultural Show, which is world renowned. People gather together to share traditions in a peaceful manner, without overstepping boundaries of other tribes.

The celebrations happen on Mount Hagen, which is the third largest city in Papua New Guinea. It has a population of over 46,000 people – many of which join in on the traditional celebrations that happen on the mountain.

Doting Fathers Have The Opportunity To Finally Marry In Minnesota


Two loving fathers celebrate the day they can marry with their two daughters, thanks to opportunity given by the state of Minnesota after legalizing gay marriage. The state first started issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on August 1st of 2013 after voters voted against banning it in November of 2012.

Minnesota became the second state in the Midwest to do this, next to Iowa. During the first month of legalized gay marriage in Minnesota, at least 1,600 gay couples married, which accounted for a third of all marriages during that time period.

The People Of The Arctic Circle


This photo by Aleksandr Romanov captures children playing together outside of the Arctic Circle, where they live in Tazov Peninsula, Russia. Due to the severe climate, not many people live in this area of the world. There are some brave enough to live here still though, despite the cold. Most of those who live in or around the Arctic Circle live in the Russian part of it.

The Arctic Circle is about 10,975 miles long and runs through the Arctic Ocean, North Asia, and parts of Northern America and Greenland. The land of the Arctic Circle is split into 8 parts belonging to Norway, Russia, Finland, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, the US, and Iceland

Green-Eyed Girl From Nepal Shocks The World


A girl from Nepal has beautiful green eyes, which have a whole world of a story to tell – she isn't like the others in her village. It is very uncommon for people of Chinese/Nepal decent to have green eyes, but clearly not impossible.

The girl in this picture has what is known as central heterochromia, a condition where the iris shows two colors. The true iris is the outer color, while the inner color is some sort of phenomena – this happens most commonly in people who lack melanin. In most parts of the world, it is seen as beautiful.

The History Of Swing In A Nutshell


Swing dancing has been around since the 1920s and was most popular up until the 1940s – hence the name "swing era." There are hundreds of different styles of swing dancing, many of which were created during the swing era. Swing is most common in African American communities, though it was popular throughout the world during its time.

The most well-known of swing dances is the Lindy Loop, which originated in Harlem in the 1930s. Swing also refers to a style of jazz music. The term swing wasn't used for dance until the second half of the 1920s

Sergeant 1st Class Joseph E. Gantt Finally Gets The Justice He Deserves After Over 60 Years


Army Sgt. 1st Class Joseph E. Gantt went missing during his time fighting in the Korean war. He was reported missing in November of 1950, but his body was not identified for over 60 years. Gantt had been injured in a battle and taken as a prisoner of war, where he died of malnutrition and natural causes.

Though his body was unidentifiable in the past, recent technology made it possible to see who the remains once were, once they are turned over from North Korea. His wife sobbed over his casket at over 90 years old, as she finally laid her husband to rest as he deserved. "He told me if anything happened to him he wanted me to remarry. I told him no, no. Here I am, still his wife," Clara Gantt told reporters.

Young Boy Becomes Friends With A Punk Rocker At A Gay Pride Parade


During a Gay Pride parade in Brussels, Belgium, a young boy, who was attending the parade with his fathers, spotted the punk rocker shown in the picture. The spikes on his jacket appealed to the little boy, who asked if he could touch them.

Thrilled, the punk rocker said yes and bent down so the boy could better reach them. The boy's fathers called him back when they noticed he had gone and the boy gave the punk rocker a quick kiss on the cheek before he ran back to them. This picture has been spread around the world to help erase the borders we've created with sexuality.

The Festival Of Color Brings People Together In A Unique Way


Holi, the Festival of Color, is a festival that takes place in India and Nepal. It lasts two days and starts between the end of February and the middle of March, depending on the year. Throughout the two days of festivities, families sing and dance and laugh together. In the process, they cover one another in colored chalk-like substance, along with colored water. Everyone becomes drenched in color by the end, and they love every second of it.

The main purpose of the festival is to celebrate the coming of Spring, and the hopes of good agriculture for the year.

The Story Of Bruno Morandi: A Photographer Of All Things Beautiful


Bruno Morandi, the photographer of this image of a woman in Nepal, started his photography journey at the young age of 18. He was born in Tuscany, but spent his childhood years traveling the world. As he grew older, he knew he wanted to become a guide. So, he settled on Nepal and guided tourists through the mountains.

Along the way, he took photographs to capture his journey and realized his true dream – to capture the world in still shots. Since he first started his journey, he has taken thousands of pictures from all over the world, including Nepal, India, and Tuscany – many of which have become world renown.

The Truth About The Reunion Of Lt. Colonial Robert Stirm And His Family


Lt. Colonial Robert Stirm cheerfully reunites with his family after being held a prisoner or war. The photograph, taken by Slava Veder and titled Burst of Joy, won a Pulitzer Prize for showing raw human emotion. The photo was taken on March 17, 1973 and became a symbol of the United States pulling out of the Vietnam war. Stirm spent more than five years in captivity. While he was happy to get out, he was disappointed to what he found when he did get out.

He had received a letter from his wife, Loretta, letting him know their marriage was over. Nonetheless, he was happy to see his children who had grown phenomenally. Loretta, his ex-wife has admitted that she feels bad about the whole situation every time she looks at the photograph – knowing the reunion wasn't as happy as it appeared to the rest of the world.

Nancy Dinovo Played A Beautiful Tribute To Those Lost On 9/11


Nancy Dinovo, famous violinist, plays her tribute to the victims of the attack on the Twin Towers on 9/11. The tribute was played during a service at Christ the Church Cathedral in Vancouver as photographer Christopher Morris captured Dinovo crying. There wasn't a single dry eye at the service, or any of the other services like it.

Almost 3,000 people died on 9/11 from the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. Over 6,000 others were injured. Hurt reigned over America as the horrors of the day unfolded and the services afterward were heartfelt

A Look Into The Life Of Vogue Germany Model Jeneil Williams


Jeneil Williams, Vogue Germany model, had her eyes on the runway from the time she was a young girl. When she was just a teenager, she marched into the Pulse headquarters and stated her intention: she wanted to be a model.

Since then, she's become quite famous, working with clients like H&M and Vogue. Her unique look earns her points and her killer personality seals the deal with just about any company she wants to model for. She's a fitness fanatic who loves to run, but has a weakness for chocolate and red velvet cake.

An Un-Staged Photo Of A Female Soldier In Iraq


This photo is confusing to many. Some think it's staged, others wonder why the woman isn't wearing her helmet, and the majority of people are curious about the soldier's gender. The photo is not staged. A young girl was curious about the female soldier and went up to talk to her. Scotty, a lucky photographer, was able to capture the moment. In an interview after the photo was taken, the girl talked about how cool it was to see a female doing a man's job.

The woman was not wearing a helmet because she wanted the village people to know she trusted them. She wore the headpiece out of respect for their culture. Oftentimes, female soldiers are sent into the villages because they are more easily trusted.

Celebrating The Growth Of Children: The Meiji Jingu Shrine Of Tokyo


A young girl wearing her kimono bows at a festival to her father. The festival is to celebrate the growth of the children and to pray for a good future for each of them. Held at the Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, the festival occurred on Sunday, November 18th, 2012.

The Meiji Jingu Shrine is an old shrine dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. The process of building it started in 1915 and was officially completed in 1926. Unfortunately, during WWII, the original building was destroyed. What is seen by today's people is a version reconstructed in October of 1958

Peaceful Protest Turns A Ukraine City To Ashes


On Thursday, January 23rd, 2014, a protestor stands in front of burning barricades, which provide a boundary between protestors and officers in Kiev, Ukraine. The thick smoke from the burning tires covered the city of Kiev as the fire engulfed buildings and other parts of the town.

Though the injury rate was fairly low for this protest, there was still quite a lot of damage. Many protestors pelted officers with rocks and even went as far as setting their buses on fire. The city itself saw the most damage. A peaceful protest was urged, but many did not listen.

A True Look Into The People Of Iran


Brandon Stanton, famous for his Humans of New York project, turned a woman named Shirin Barghi onto the idea for a series in Tehran, titled "Humans of Tehran." It became her goal to capture real people in Tehran in their natural habitat. While her work was well-received, many people criticized her and her team for showing only happy people, but that was her point.

Having grown up in Tehran, Shirin knew it would be tough work to get people to open up to her, but she had a point she wanted to make to the world: people in Iran are no different than those in other places of the world. "The image people have of Iran is so demonized and divorced from the reality of the people there that I thought this sort of project is a really good way of showing normal people in Tehran.

Marine Saves A Kitten While Fighting In The Korean War


Sergeant Frank Praytor became famous for this 1952 picture of him feeding a lost cat in the Korean War. The picture, titled The Marine and the Kitten, was shared on Reddit in 2009 and received an overwhelming number of supporters. The original article about the man shared the fact that he saved two kittens after their mother was shot and killed. He fed them with watered down canned milk and a medicine dropper.

Praytor gave one of the kittens to another man to care for, but that kitten died when the man rolled over her in his sleep. Miss Hap, the kitten Praytor kept survived though and became the mascot for the Division PIO office.

The Misconception Of The "100,000" Praying Monk Photo


While many think this is a photograph of thousands of monks praying for world peace, it is actually a photograph of something far different – something far more sinister. According to Foreign Policy magazine, the original poster of the picture, it showcases monks in Thailand in a mass celebration, which was "inspired by the head abbot's fascination with the Muslim hajj gatherings and Nazi parades…"

Luke Duggleby, the photographer, was able to capture images of the ceremony by laying in crazy angles and using air vents as foot holds. As Luke says, "a photograph must always be accompanied by an explanation, and if that explanation is incorrect, misleading or a total lie then the image becomes something that it's not. With social media being able to access so many people very quickly that could be a very dangerous thing."

Images of the Tiananmen Square Demonstrations Are Still Burned in Our Memories


Though the Tiananmen Square demonstrations in Beijing, China happened over 25 years ago, the images and memories still hold strong in the hearts of many. What started as a simple student protest quickly turned into a widespread fight for quality of life. At first, it was just some students in a peaceful protest, but over the course of seven weeks, the total of those involved came to over one million.

Hundreds of unarmed victims were killed during the protests by way of Chinese army tanks. The horror these people witnessed while fighting for democracy cannot be explained.

Drug Cartel Or Coal Mining – Is There Really A Choice In Sabinas, Mexico?


Daniel Becerril captured the rawness of a man working hard to support his family. In Sabinas, Mexico, there are unregulated coal mines where thousands of men come in an attempt to make enough for their families to survive.

Though the miners in this coal mine are not physically forced to mine as slaves, they are forced into it by a poor labor market – many have to choose between running drugs as part of the cartel and risking their lives as a coal miner. The majority of the mines are owned by drug dealers themselves, so the line is thin between the two options.

Firefighter Saves 3 And 4-Year-Old Girls From A Burning Apartment


In an apartment building fire, there are dozens left inside. Firefighters race inside to rescue as many people as possible. Here, you can see United States fireman Chris Wegener with 4-year-old Aaliyah Frazier over his shoulder. Any longer in the building and Aaliyah would have exited the building in a different state, but thanks to the precision and skill of the Indiana firefighting team, she and many others made it out alive.

Aaliyah's 3-year-old sister and mother were part of the fire too. The mother died days after the fire, but both girls remained strong.

Korean Families Split For 60 Years, Then Reunited For Three Days


The Korean war split the country in two: North and South. Families were ripped apart, not to see each other for years to come. Every so often, some families are joined together in planned reunions. These reunions last for only three days, in which selected people are able to meet with family members from the other section of the country.

Many of the families have not seen one another in 60 years. It is a tearful reunion for every person involved, but the goodbye is the most tearful part of the whole experience. In this picture, you see two brothers – one wiping his tears away, sadly, and the other waving in hopes of seeing his other half sooner than later.

The Terror Of Tohoku


In March of 2011, a horrific earthquake off the coast of Tōhoku hit hard. 15,894 people were confirmed to be dead after the incident, with over 6,000 injured and over 2,500 missing.

The earthquake, known as the Great East Japan earthquake, was the most powerful recorded earthquake to hit Japan. The destruction was immeasurable.

Alongside the thousands of deaths were destroyed homes and buildings – over 127,000 buildings completely collapsed, almost 273,000 half collapsed, and almost 748,000 were damaged. 4.4 million Japanese households went without electricity and 1.5 million without water. The damage made this the costliest natural disaster in the recorded history of natural disasters.

The First Creative Dance Class In Rwanda Is Magical


Rwanda is a beautiful country, but it lacks artistic outlets for its children. Though there are very few outlets for creativity in Rwanda, there is one creative dance class students can attend – Ballet Rwanda.

Caroline, a woman who traveled the world with her parents in a gypsy-styled life, grew to love dance. In 2008, she raised $10,000 in hopes to open a successful dance center in Rwanda because the lack of creative outlets frustrated her. It has grown phenomenally and allows children from all over the world to dance their hearts out in front of enormous crowds.

Typhoon Yolanda's Terrifying Torture


Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines in the beginning of November, 2013. It was the deadliest Typhoon the Philippines had ever seen with winds up to 195 miles per hour. Its death toll was over 6,300 people, and even more animals and pets were killed as well. Some of the bodies are still being found to this day.

Many people fought long and hard to find lost, scared animals and bring them to safety. Lots of the animals did not ever make it to their owners and were either lost or killed. The exact number of animal/pet deaths was not calculated for this event.

The Misunderstood Photo Of The Boy With The Loaf


Le petit parisien, or The Little Parisian, was taken in 1952 by Willy Ronis to help illustrate a report known as "Revoir Paris." It was Ronis' duty to photograph a Parisian loaf in a unique way, and somehow the perfect way seemed to just fall into his lap.

Ronis recaps the moment: "It was midday. I went to my district and hung around a bakery. I saw this little boy in the queue with his grandmother, waiting for his turn. He was delightful, with a little look of mischief about him. I asked his grandmother: 'Do you mind if I photograph the boy when he comes out with his loaf? I'd like to see him running along with the bread under his arm. – Of course you can, if that's what you want to do, why not?'" Many people think this photograph is of a boy stealing bread, but it is actually of a boy who happily purchased the bread with his grandmother.

Journalist Saves Baby During The Spanish Civil War


During the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939, a journalist sees a baby in danger and rushes across a bridge to save it. The war was a violent one where many babies and children died. It broke out in Morocco but soon spread all over Spain. People were divided into Republicans/Loyalists and Nationalists.

During the first few days of the war, some 50,000 people were killed – many of them young children and babies. In total, there were an estimated 500,000 deaths during the time of the Spanish Civil War, with 200,000 of them being directly related to the war. 10% of all soldiers who fought in the war died during it

Crying Over A Grave: The Story Of Thania Sayne


On October 16, 2013, Thania Sayne weeps over her fall husband's grave. Sargent Timothy Sayne went to fight in Afghanistan and never came back. The 31-year-old man was killed by a bomb attack in September of 2011 when his wife was pregnant with his second child.

Thania has had a rough time coping without the help of her husband and struggled for years, trying to figure out how to tell her son his father would not be coming home. To keep his memory alive, she tells her children stories of their father – a true hero.

The Rate Of Suicide In Chinese Women Is Astonishing


In this photo, you see people on a bus crowded around a Chinese woman who just tried to commit suicide. They are trying desperately to help her. Unfortunately, the rate of suicide in China at the time of this incident was extremely high compared to other places around the world.

In fact, China accounts for 26 percent of suicides around the entire world. 25% more women in China commit suicide than men, which is a horrific statistic that cannot be ignored.
Many women in China feel forced into suicide because of the country's harsh view on the female gender.

The Power Of Cigarettes In The Late 80s


Sally Mann captured this photo of a young girl pretending to smoke a candy cigarette in 1989.

Candy cigarettes were a popular treat in the 20th century because they allowed children to pretend to be like their parents. These candies were often made out of bubblegum or chocolate and were more for show than taste.

The candies became a controversial topic and they have since been banned in many countries such as Canada, Ireland, Finland, Turkey, and Brazil. Nonetheless, companies in these countries still create them, labeling them things such as "candy sticks" or "bubblegum sticks" to get away with being able to do so.

The Power Of Alcoholics Anonymous


In this picture, we see a proud man holding his Alcoholics Anonymous chip, symbolizing his freedom from alcohol. The chips are used as milestone markers as alcoholics to see how far they have come. Alcoholics Anonymous, also known as AA, was founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Bob Smith as a way to help people free themselves from the addiction of alcohol.

The program is still alive and well today, helping hundreds of thousands of people sober up each year. The program is intensive and provides great relationships and resources for people from every walk of life.

Man Soothes Disabled Child With Bamboo Flute Music


Ario Wibisono captured pure beauty through this photo, titled The Music of Love, of a man playing sweet music through a bamboo flute to a disabled child. The child was not the man's son, but he wanted to make him happy nonetheless because he loved him like he was his own.

The photo was taken in 2010 in the Tenganan Village of East Bali. The Tenganan Village is one of the most famous of East Bali and is located close to Candi Dasa. Though it was once one of the most secluded societies before the 70s, it is now a popular place for tourism.

The Fight Against Police Brutality


All around the world, people are fighting against police brutality – to no avail. With each passing year, the fight against one another becomes deadlier and deadlier. An estimated 385 people were reported as killed by police officers from January 2015 to May 2015 in the United States alone – just five months. That's twice the rate recorded over the last decade, and the numbers keep growing.

People all over the world are fighting this corruption, including this Brazilian man standing under fire as he protests police brutality. The outcome of this particular interaction is unknown.

Young Teen Expresses His Fury At British Soldiers


During "The Troubles," also known as the Northern Ireland Conflict, violence filled the surrounding lands. The conflict started in the late 1960s and didn't fully end until 1998. It was a politically fueled conflict, which also seeped into arguments over ethnicity, but never into religion. One of the main issues was the Unionists' desire to stay a part of the United Kingdom.

On the other hand, the Nationalists wanted to leave the United Kingdom to become a united Ireland. Shown in this picture is an Irish teen yelling at British soldiers in fury over the violence happening around him.

Albinism & the Love Of Two Cousins


An albino baby and his cousin snuggle together in this photo. Albinism is a rare condition in which there is no pigment in the skin. Only about 1 in 17,000 people have this condition. It is most popular in people of African descent, though it can happen in people from all around the world.

A person with the condition is more likely to burn in the sun and is susceptible to skin cancer. There is no cure for it, but with proper skin care and regular visits to the dermatologist, there aren't too many complications to worry about.

Woman From A Isolated Tribe Sees A Magazine For The First Time


A woman in the Mursi tribe sees a magazine for the first time, featuring women from different parts of the world. The magazine she is looking at is Vogue, and it was quite shocking to her.

The Mursi tribe has approximately 7,500 members and is known as one of the most isolated tribes in Ethiopia. It is common for members of the Mursi tribe, especially the female members, to wear large pieces of pottery through holes in their lips. The woman in this picture, however, wears her decoration around her head instead.

The Emotional Terror Of 9/11 Summed Up In One Picture


Richard Drew, Associated Press member, took this photograph known as The Falling Man. This photograph is emotional for many, as it shows just a part of the horrors that occurred at the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks.

The identity of the man in the photo is unknown, as is the reason he fell from the building. Whether he fell or jumped, the world will never know. An estimated 200 people died from falling or jumping from the building, some experts say. Though it looks like the man is jumping straight down, a series of photographs taken throughout the fall show him tumbling through the air.

Fighting War With Flowers


Marc Riboud, award-winning photographer, captured this image titled La Jeune Fille a la Fleur, which showcases a young woman, Jane Rose Kasmir, placing a flower in the bayonet of a Pentagon guard on October 21st, 1967. This photo became one of the symbols of the Flower Power movement.

The Flower Power movement was a movement of non-violence. Those who played a part in the protests of 1967 were against the Vietnam War and wanted to use peace to make their ideas clear. They often gave flowers to the officers who surrounded their protests. Some took them, while others did not.

Kindness During The Black Saturday Bushfires


The Black Saturday bushfires were a series of bushfires that ripped across Victoria, Australia on February 7th, 2009. An estimated 400 individual fires occurred that day. The heat of the fires caused the most destruction Australia had ever seen from such events and it took the lives of 173 people and many, many more animals. 414 people were injured in the fires as well.

In this image, a firefighter working hard to put the fires down stops for a drink. He kindly gives a wounded koala a sip in the process, hoping it makes him feel better, at least temporarily.

The Story Behind The Cover Art Of "Flute"


A little boy plays a flute to his cat, who listens attentively. This photograph was used as the cover art of "Flute," an Australian electric single by New World Sound and Thomas Newson.

The song was released in November of 2013 and made it onto the charts in France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Belgium.

A later version was created in 2014 and titled "Flutes" with the same cover art featuring the boy playing sweet music to his attentive cat. The photographer of the photo is Vladimir Zotov, who is famous for his impressive ability to show the greatness of humans.

The Story Before The Tiger Temple Got Into Turmoil


A Buddhist Monk shares his food with a tiger at the Tiger Temple in Thailand. Since this picture was taken, a lot has happened at the temple. The Tiger Temple was founded in 1994 to save wild animals – most of which were tigers.

Over the years, the sanctuary has been accused of animal abuse and exploitation for money. In May of 2016, the Tiger Temple was raided and 40 frozen dead tiger cubs were found. The remaining tigers were relocated to better homes and there are fundraisers in place to raise money to build bigger enclosures for the tigers.