Magazine article Geographical

An Independent Eye

Magazine article Geographical

An Independent Eye

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When, in 1927, Frederick R Barnard wrote "One picture is worth 10,000 words," he not only coined a popular catchphrase but summed up the power of photography in the 20th century.

Although events of social consequence have been documented throughout history, photography has brought them to a wider audience providing a far greater insight into the world's people, places and problems.

Photography has been at the forefront of the century's most important events, recording everything from the discovery of penicillin to Dolly the Sheep; from the first woman to fly the Atlantic to the first dog to be launched into space; and from the environmental devastation of Brazil's rainforests to the tragic droughts of Africa.

The Hulton Getty Picture Collection, one of the world's major and most prestigious archives, and the Independent newspaper, renowned for its prize-winning photojournalism, have joined forces to produce An Independent Eye, a book that captures the most significant events this century in photographs. Geographical has selected its choice of images from the book, reflecting some of the major environmental and animal welfare issues of the 20th century.


In 1991, President Saddam Hussein of Iraq ignored the UN deadline for withdrawal from Kuwait; this led to Operation Desert Storm on 16 January. The retreating Iraqis deliberately set oil wells on fire blotting out the desert sun with a thick pall of smoke. …

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