30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever. #13 Made My Blood Freeze

A picture is worth a thousand words, but not all pictures are created equal. The pictures we usually feature on LuxeModo can be cute, beautiful, funny, or enchanting, but these pictures are powerful. They are gripping and unforgettable because of the volumes they speak about the human condition – about some of the best and worst moments of contemporary human existence. Some of these photographs may mean more to some of our readers than to others. But hopefully, they will remind us all that the world can always use a little bit more love, tolerance, compassion and understanding.

#1. Starving boy and missionary

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Image credits: Mike Wells

#2. Inside an Auschwitz gas chamber

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Image credits: kligon5

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

Dr. Religa monitors his patient's vitals after a 23 hour long heart transplant surgery. His assistant is sleeping in the corner. [1987]

Image credits: James Stanfield

#4. Diego Frazão Torquato, 12 year old Brazilian playing the violin at his teacher’s funeral. The teacher had helped him escape poverty and violence through music

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Image credits: salvemasnossascriancas.blogspot.com

#5. A Russian soldier playing an abandoned piano in Chechnya in 1994

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Image credits: drugoi.livejournal.com

#6. Father and son (1949 vs 2009)

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Image credits: Vojage-Vojage

#7. Young man just found out his brother was killed

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Image credits: Nhat V. Meyer

#8. Christians protect Muslims during prayer in the midst of the 2011 uprisings in Cairo, Egypt

christian-protect-muslims

Image credits: Nevine Zaki

#9. A firefighter gives water to a koala during the devastating Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia, in 2009

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Image credits: abc.net.au

#10. Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for 7 months

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Image credits: Louie Favorite

#11. Indian homeless men wait to receive free food distributed outside a mosque ahead of Eid al-Fitr in New Delhi, India

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Image credits: Tsering Topgyal / AP

#12. Zanjeer the dog saved thousands of lives during Mumbai serial blasts in March 1993 by detecting more than 3,329 kgs of the explosive RDX, 600 detonators, 249 hand grenades and 6406 rounds of live ammunition. He was buried with full honors in 2000

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Image credits: STR News / Reuters

#13. Man Falling from the World Trade Center on 9/11. “The Falling Man.”

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Image credits: Richard Drew /AP

#14. Alcoholic father with his son

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Image credits: imgur.com

#15. Embracing couple in the rubble of a collapsed factory

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Image credits: Taslima Akhter

#16. Sunset on Mars

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Image credits: nasa.gov

#17. Five-year-old gypsy boy on New Year’s Eve 2006 in the gypsy community of St. Jacques, Perpignan, Southern France. It is quite common in St. Jacques for little boys to smoke

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Image credits: Jesco Denzel

#18. Hhaing The Yu, 29, holds his face in his hand as rain falls on the decimated remains of his home near Myanmar’s capital of Yangon (Rangoon). In May 2008, cyclone Nargis struck southern Myanmar, leaving millions homeless and claiming more than 100,000 lives

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Image credits: Brian Sokol

#19. A dog named “Leao” sits for a second consecutive day at the grave of her owner, who died in the disastrous landslides near Rio de Janiero in 2011.

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Image credits: Vanderlei Almeida / Getty Images

#20. “Wait For Me Daddy,” by Claude P. Dettloff in New Westminster, Canada, October 1, 1940

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Image credits: Claud Detloff

#21. An old WW2 Russian tank veteran finally found the old tank in which he passed through the entire war – standing in a small Russian town as a monument

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Image credits: englishrussia.com

#22. Flower power

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Image credits: Bernie Boston

#23. A woman sits amidst the wreckage caused by a massive earthquake and ensuing tsunam, in Natori, northern Japan, in March 2011

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Image credits: Asahi Shimbun, Toshiyuki Tsunenari /AP

#24. The Graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, Holland, 1888

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Image credits: retronaut.com

#25. Greg Cook hugs his dog Coco after finding her inside his destroyed home in Alabama following the Tornado in March, 2012

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Image credits: Gary Cosby Jr. / AP

#26. Demonstration of condom usage at a public market in Jayapura, capital of Papua, 2009

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Image credits: Adri Tambunan

#27. Russian soldiers preparing for the Battle of Kursk, July 1943

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Image credits: Shirak Karapetyan-Milshtein

#28. During massive floods in Cuttack City, India, in 2011, a heroic villager saved numerous stray cats by carrying them with a basket balanced on his head

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Image credits: Biswaranjan Rout / AP

#29. An Afghan man offers tea to soldiers

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Image credits: Rafiq Maqbool / AP

#30. Some parents, likely now in their 70′s, still looking for their missing child.

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Image credits: reddit.com

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