July 25, 2022
NASA’s iconic Man on the Moon photo, taken on the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, was named the most famous image in history, according to a new study by photobook and printing company Inkifi.
The survey analyzed the most famous photos to date and the most favorite Instagram posts to reveal the most iconic and recognizable images in the world.
To assess the importance of each photo, Inkifi used reverse image search to show the importance and reach of each photo based on how often each photo was displayed on the Internet.
In this study, we used Bored Panda’s list of “Top 100 Most Influential Photos in History” and the Artistic list of the 10 most famous photos to calculate a definitive list.
Inkifi then used TinEye’s reverse image search to find the photos that returned the most results and determine which one was the most famous.
The top three photos are:
• 1 – July 1969, Man on the Moon
At the top of the list is one of the greatest achievements of human history and one of the most historic events. Some NASA photographs of Buzz Aldrin’s first steps on the Moon in July 1969 record the first man to walk on the Moon. This image was taken by Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong with a specially modified Hasselblad 500EL camera with a 70mm film back. As commander, Armstrong was in charge of the cameras used on the Moon, so there are few pictures of Armstrong himself. This was an important milestone in the development of space travel, and Armstrong and Aldrin were the first two of the only 12 to achieve this. As Armstrong said, “It’s a small step for humanity and a big leap for humanity.”
• 2 – Lunch at the top of the skyscraper, 1932.
This photo shows one of the most unusual places for someone to have a lunch break. Despite being 850 feet in the air, these 11 men decided to eat a bite, and some decided to light a cigarette with a view of New York City. The steel worker in the image is working on the RCA building, now known as 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and this image was taken to facilitate the unveiling ceremony of the building. I don’t know exactly who took the picture, but photographers Charles C. Ebets, Thomas Kelly, and William Lefwitch were all present that day.
• 3 – Raising the Flag on Iwo Island by Joe Rosenthal (AP), 1945
Third place is a picture of six US Marines raising the US flag at Suribachiyama towards the end of the Pacific War. Images by Joe Rosenthal (The Associated Press) were taken with his speed graphic camera and are considered one of the most famous images of World War II. The iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning image became a US stamp and was cast as a 100-ton bronze monument.
Other top 10 images
Top 10 include the iconic 1968 color Earthrise image taken by Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders, Steve McCurry’s Afghan Girl (1984), Nickutt’s “Napalm Girl” photo in 1972, and Dorothea Lange’s. Also included was the immigrant mother (1936), Neil Raifer’s 1965. Boxing images of Muhammad Ali vs Sonny Liston, Einstein’s birthday by Arthur Sasse (1951), and images of the Light Brothers’ first flight from 1903.
The survey also revealed on Instagram that eggs are the most favorite photo to date. It was posted in 2019 with the aim of setting a world record for your favorite photo on the platform. This has certainly been successful, with 56.1 million likes so far, more than 23 million more than the second most highly rated post.
Cristiano Ronaldo topped the list in terms of having the most likes on celebrity Instagram posts, ranking second overall. There are currently 32.9 million likes in a soccer player’s post announcing that he and his partner have been expecting twins since last year.
You can see the results of a complete study at Inkifi: the most famous photos.
Apollo 11 Memorial Special: First Camera on the Moon
Apollo 11 Memorial Special: The Role Played by Photographs
Nick Ut: 50 Years Later – The Story of a Photograph of “Napalm Girl”
Grandmaster: Neil Leifer talks about iconic sports photography
Follow AP on Facebook twitterInstagram, and YouTube.