32 of the most haunting photos from history

Last updated on February 19th, 2024 at 10:52 pm

History is more than just innovations and triumphs. In truth, much of it involves numerous instances of brutality, warfare, genocide, and other unsettling, regrettable realities.

Take a look below at some of the most haunting moments from history.

A starving Sudanese child crawls towards a United Nations feeding center while a vulture patiently waits for its next meal. This photo won a Pulitzer Prize, but the photographer, Kevin Carter, took his own life three months later.
The two siblings shown here are experiencing the thrill of an electrical storm at Sequoia National Park in California around 1975. Shortly after this picture was taken, they were struck by lightning. Both survived.
A councilman in the Philippines took this photo of his family on New Year’s Day in 2011, inadvertently capturing the image of his assassin. The councilman later succumbed to a gunshot wound to the head.

A photographer accidentally captures the moment a person jumped off a bridge in China

American free diver Nicholas Mevoli moments before he passed away after a botched dive.

Joseph Goebbels glares at Jewish photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1933.

Man falling from the top of the WTC on 9/11

Starving children during 1921–1922 Russian famine.
A man watches over his family during the Madras famine of 1877, British Raj, India.

Anne Frank’s father Otto, revists the attic where he and his family hid.
Che Guevara’s final moments. Bolivia, 9 October 1967.

A slave named Peter, exposed the damage to his back

Replica dog tags of every soldier who never made it back from Vietnam.

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