30 Shocking Photographs That Left the World Speechless

A picture says a thousand words. We’ve all heard the expression time and time again. It can be used to describe photographs that capture a child’s pure joy, somber expressions at a funeral, secret looks passed between lovers. But sometimes photos capture such heart-wrenching tragedy that no words or expression can do it justice.

For the people who have captured these iconic and truly shocking images, mostly photojournalists who happened to be at the right exact moment, it’s a moment that will ultimately change their lives forever, too. And as horrific as some of the images are, they capture moments in human history that made the world stand still for a moment. They will leave you breathless.