30 Most Powerful and Hard-Hitting Photos Ever Taken

By | April 11, 2014

These next photographs are quite a sight to see. These pictures are 30 of the most powerful, hard-hitting, tear-jerking photos you might ever see.

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

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

#2. 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
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

#3. Father and son (1949 vs 2009)
Father and son (1949 vs 2009)

#4. Embracing couple in the rubble of a collapsed factory
embracing couple in the rubble of a collapsed factory

#5. Diego Frazão Torquato, 12 year old Brazilian playing the violin at his teacher’s funeral.
Diego Frazão Torquato, 12 year old Brazilian playing the violin at his teacher’s funeral.

#6. Condom demonstration in Papua
condom demonstratior in papua

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

#8. 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
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

#9. Alcoholic father with his son
alcoholic father with his son

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

#11. A starving child and missionary
A starving child and missionary

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

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

#14. 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.
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.

#15.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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#16. 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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#17. “Wait For Me Daddy,” by Claude P. Dettloff in New Westminster, Canada, October 1, 1940
“Wait For Me Daddy,” by Claude P. Dettloff in New Westminster, Canada, October 1, 1940

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

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

#20. “The Falling Man” World Trade Center 9/11
the falling man world trade center 911

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

#22. The sunset on Mars
sunset of mars

#23. Russian soldiers before battle
russian soldiers

#24. Protestors place flowers into the rifle barrels of armed officers
Protestors place flowers into the rifle barrels of armed officers

#25. Owner hugs his dog after finding him in tornado rubble alive
owner hugs dog after tornado

#26. An Afghan man is offering tea to soldiers
offering tea

#27. Parents are still searching for their missing child
missing child

#28. Man risks his life to save numerous kittens in a terrible flood in India
man saves cat in india

#29. Inside an Auschwitz gas chamber
Inside an Auschwitz gas chamber

#30. Indian homeless men wait to receive free food distributed outside a mosque in New Delhi
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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