Photographs that have Changed the World

Tiananmen Square "Tank Man" (photograph taken by Jeff Widener, Associated Press)

Tiananmen Square “Tank Man” (photograph taken by Jeff Widener, Associated Press)

When asked to choose a photograph that changed the world, the photo from Tiananman Square immediately came to mind.

This photo was taken by Jeff Widener of the Associated Press on June 5, 1989, in Beijing’s Tiananman Square. This unknown man temporarily stops the advance of a column of tanks sent to disperse college students protesting for Chinese government reform.

At the time, I remember feeling very emotionally moved by this man’s action. Even though he was a stranger, I felt very proud of him. He shares a value I believe very important, standing up for what you believe despite insurmountable odds. This remains one of the most memorable photos I’ve seen demonstrating that even one man can make a difference.