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8 August 1969, London. The Beatles are on the roof of the world: they are the most famous band in rock history. They have just finished recording what was to be their last LP and that they should have been called Everest, from the name of the cigarettes of a sound engineer. The hypothesis of flying to Nepal to take the cover photo was soon shelved.

At the suggestion of Paul McCartney he fell back on London. The photographer had only 10 minutes to take the cover photo

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Berlin, 15 August 1961. The construction of the wall between the eastern and western areas began two days ago. The border has been closed, Warsaw Pact tanks and East German soldiers prevent free passage between the two parts of the city.

Peter Leibing, a young photographer is walking and capturing a moment of tranquility. But after a few seconds …

… Here the young policeman guarding the border runs off to the western sector of Berlin. Hans Konrad Schumann, the policeman, is just 19 years old and was struck by an event that happened only a few hours before. The forced prohibition of reunification between relatives. And for this he runs away, towards freedom. to know more

On February 23, 1945, after a bitter battle, the US military conquered the top of the island of Iwo Jima, in the Pacific. Once the top of the mound is freed, the soldiers plant the American flag. It's 10 and 20 in the morning. But something is wrong: the flag is too small and you can see little. It is ordered to replace it with a larger one. What happens … a couple of hours later, as shown in the following photo.

5 Marines and a sailor hoist the United States flag on the top of Iwo Jima Island. It is a historical photo, entered into the collective imagination as an extreme act of conquest. But - without taking anything away from the heroism of the soldiers who fought in that battle - the photo has a different story. The summit was conquered for hours, the flag - already planted - was replaced with a larger and more visible one (that of this image) and Joe Rosenthal was not the only photographer to be present on the spot, although his is the most memorable photo of that day.

The story of Iwo Jima is known: seventy years ago, in February 1945, after about two months of continuous bombing, the Marines landed at Iwo Jima, a strategic island controlled by the Japanese army. One of the bloodiest battles of World War II begins. The dead were thousands: 20, 000 Japanese who had orders to defend the island until their death; 23, 000 Americans dead and wounded

A routine operation in an American hospital in Nashville. A 21-week-old fetus diagnosed with spina bifida is operated by Joseph Brunner's team.

In the hospital, a USA Today photographer, Michael Clancy, is reporting on children affected by spina bifida. At the last moment he is allowed to enter the operating room and take some pictures …

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In the 1920s the Bohemian architect Jan Letzel built some buildings in a small Japanese city. It was mainly museums, like this one, built according to the most up-to-date anti-seismic criteria available at the time.

No one would have ever thought that this museum, photographed in 1945, could survive the most devastating catastrophe ever made by man … just a couple of months later (see photo below).

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New York burns under the transgressive notes of English Punk. On September 21, 1979, the Clash are on the scene at the Palladium. Photographer Pennie Smith barely manages to capture Paul Simonon while taking it out on her bass. The photographer is frightened, but does not lose her coolness to recharge the camera and take a historical photo (it will become the cover of the next Clash LP) … a couple of moments later (see the following photo).

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In the early 1990s, AIDS is still a terrible disease.

David Kirby, an activist who fell ill in the 1980s, decides to spend the last days of his life with his family and a LIFE journalist, Therese Frare, who documents his agony.

Frare wants to portray the suffering and despair of a devastating disease and will make one of the most controversial photos of AIDS … only a few days later.

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An alleged Viet Cong is captured on the streets of Saigon. The Vietnamese soldiers drag the prisoner under the eyes (and the target) of Eddie Adams, an American photojournalist who will win the Pulitzer Prize for the photo that will be taken … a few minutes later.

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Saigon, 11 July 1963. The Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức is in the capital to protest the policies of oppression of the Buddhist religion of the government of South Vietnam. He sits in the middle of the streets, a companion approaches him and waters him with a liquid.

A few seconds later …

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Robert Capa was the greatest photojournalist in history. His reports document the horror of 5 wars, from the Spanish civil war (1936) to the first Indochina war (1956).

Just in Spain, following the Republican army, he becomes a legend of photography for his dramatic shots.

In this photo he portrays a group of soldiers just before a fight. The soldier on the left would have become the unfortunate protagonist of a controversial photo.

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At the suggestion of Paul McCartney he fell back on London. The photographer had only 10 minutes to take the cover photo