It is said that one image can communicate more things than a thousand of words. Here is a collection of powerful photos from the past that do just that – without saying anything, they can still speak directly to the soul.

1. 17 year old Jan Rose Kasmir offers a flower to soldiers during the Pentagon anti-war protest in 1967.powerful-photos-1

Marc Riboud

2. A Brazilian protester stands before gunfire during protests against corruption and police brutality.powerful-photos-2

Huffington Post

3. powerful-photos-3

4. A North Korean waves at his South Korean brother after inter-Korean temporary family reunions.powerful-photos-4


Wojtek Kalka

6. A journalist dashes across a bridge between to rescue a baby during Civil War. powerful-photos-6

Horace Abrahams

7. A Rwandan boy left scarred after being liberated from a death camp.powerful-photos-7


9. Caroline Joan Peixoto, City Arts, photographed classical ballet students at rehearsal in Rwanda’s only classical ballet school. This school has given the Kigali community incredible hope as the first post-genocide ballet school.powerful-photos-11

Caroline Joan Peixoto, City Arts


Evansville Courier & Press

11. “100,000 monks in prayer for a better world”powerful-photos-13

Luke Duggleby

12. 3 weeks old infant with albinism snuggles up to his cousin for a snooze.powerful-photos-14

Patricia Willocq

13. An Irish teenager yells at British soldiers during unrest in Northern Ireland.powerful-photos-15

14. Dr. Religa monitors his patient’s vitals after a 23 hour long heart transplant surgery. His assistant is sleeping in the corner. powerful-photos-16

J. Steinfeld, National Geographic 1987

15. The patient not only survived the surgery, but outlived his doctor.powerful-photos-17

16. Starving boy and missionarypowerful-photos-18

Mike Wells

17. Inside an Auschwitz gas chamberpowerful-photos-19


18. Father and son (1949 vs 2009)powerful-photos-20



20. 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.powerful-photos-21

21. Young man just found out his brother was killed.powerful-photos-22

Nhat V. Meyer

22. A firefighter gives water to a koala during the devastating Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia, in 2009.powerful-photos-23

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

Louie Favorite

24. Man Falling from the World Trade Center on 9/11.powerful-photos-25

Richard Drew /AP

25. Flower powerpowerful-photos-26

Bernie Boston

26. A woman sits amidst the wreckage caused by a massive earthquake and ensuing tsunam, in Natori, northern Japan, in March 2011.powerful-photos-27

Asahi Shimbun, Toshiyuki Tsunenari /AP

27. Demonstration of condom usage at a public market in Jayapura, capital of Papua, 2009.powerful-photos-28

Adri Tambunan

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.powerful-photos-29

Biswaranjan Rout / AP

29. An Indian youth dangles from a power line before diving into the floodwaters of an overflowing Ganges river in Allahabad in August.powerful-photos-30

Sanjay Kanojia / AFP / Getty Images

30. A Pakistani man carrying a child rushes away from the site of a car bombing in Peshawar, northwest Pakistan.

Mohammad Sajjad / AP

If this collection touched your heart, share it with your friends!