Assassination of Japan Socialist Inejiro Asanuma [1960]

This picture was taken only a second before the japanese socialist Party leader Asanuma was assassinated by an right wing student. Photographer Yasushi Nagao said he was only on the right place and on the right time. He received a Pulitzer price for this photo.

Assassination of Japan Socialist Inejiro Asanuma [1960]

Photographer: Yasushi Nagao
Source: artnet.com

UPDATE: video footage of the assassination:

Gandhi [1946]

Picture was taken in 1946 in India by Margaret Bourke-White who was sent there to cover a story about India’s independence. In order to let her take the picture, Mahatma Gandhi asked her to learn to use the spinning wheel first. Frustrated at the beginning, she learned to use it in the end.

Mahatma Gandhi

Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White
Source: life.com

Fire on Marlborough Street [1975]

On July 22, 1975, photograph Stanley J. Forman working for the Boston Herald American newspaper when a police scanner picked up an emergency: “Fire on Marlborough Street!”
Climbed on a the fire truck, Forman shot the picture of a young woman, Diana Bryant, and a very young girl, Tiare Jones when they fell helplessly. Diana Bryant was pronounced dead at the scene. The young girl lived. Despite a heroic effort, the fireman who tried to grab them had been just seconds away from saving the lives of both.

Photo coverage from the tragic event garnered Stanley Forman a Pulitzer Prize. But more important, his work paved the way for Boston and other states to mandate tougher fire safety codes.

Fire on Marlborough Street

Photographer: Stanley J. Forman
Source: bbc.co.uk