As photographers, we have the power to change the world through our images. As the decade comes to a close, CNN takes a look back at the 100 photos that defined the last decade in our ever-changing world.
If you talk about all that has happened in the last 10 years, what comes to your mind? Natural disasters? Violence? Peace? Presidencies? This striking selection of images covers all that ground and more. A multitude of things have happened in the past decade, and the photojournalists of our generation were able to be there on the front lines, preserving these moments forever.
When we think of a great and profound image, a lot of times, it is not the most technically perfect picture, and the moment trumps any camera settings. In the selection of images, that notion is consistently implemented. The images featured go deeper than the surface and provoke change or feeling. Ultimately, that is the goal of any photograph.
To see the full set of the 100 photos that defined the past decade, head over to CNN's website.
Lead image by Pete Souza, White House Photographer.