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14 people share what they believe is the single best photo in history. Brace yourself.

14 people share what they believe is the single best photo in history. Brace yourself.

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This post is visually-driven, so let's keep the pesky words to a minimum, shall we?

Yesterday Curlaub started a Reddit thread that immediately began racking up comments: 'What do you think is the single greatest photograph in history?' People shared not only some of the most incredible, arresting photography I've ever laid eyes on, but they also provided backstories of the shots. Some have historical significance, while others are simply striking images that endured. Here are some of the most fantastic photographs you'll ever see, curated by denizens of Reddit and yours truly.

1. kazr891

General Nguyen shooting a Vietcong prisoner, not only for its shocking portrayal of the harshness of war, but also for teaching us a lesson in learning the context behind the photo. The prisoner was caught cutting the throats of a South Vietnamese officer and his family, who were close friends of General Nguyen, and the general shot him in vengeance. Eddie Adams, the photographer, even said "photos are only half-truths" and that they don't always explain the events that led to the moment. Adams would regret taking the Pulitzer-prize winning photo, especially after the general received hate messages from those incensed at the photo's content.

Sources: Reddit
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