The famous photographs that changed the world
From the political to the environmental, photography immortalises the transient and harnesses an unparalleled power to haunt eternal, inform change and trigger debate the world over.
In celebration of the new Photography Centre at the V&A, opening this October, we unpick the stories of 10 of the most famous photographs that have changed the world.
Apollo 11 blasted into space on July 16 1969. Just four days later, astronauts Mike Collins, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed on the moon – one of the greatest scientific milestones in human history.
As the first to step onto the lunar surface, Armstrong was honoured with planting the American flag. An almighty triumph for the Kennedy administration, the Apollo 11 mission became a global symbol of America's political power and scientific strength on the international stage.