I’m a huge fan of the still image. I think that for the most part, a still frame of an event has more power, emotion, and truth than that of the moving image in general. I mean, when you think about it, the still image can stand on its own. You can look at a photo or a piece of newsprint any time you want. To view a moving image, you need a projector or some kind, whether it be film or computer. And then, whenever anyone references this moving image, they always use a still image to represent it until the moving image can be projected.
Now, given what I’ve said, you’d think I find moving images to be an invalid medium, which isn’t the case at all. I find a great many films moving and I find documentaries even more so. But, there are only a few of these that I find withstand the test of time, which I am now including below:
The Hindenburg Disaster
The First Moon Landing
The Unknown Protester at Tiananmen Square
The Fall of the Berlin Wall
You may ask why some were not included, such as Martin Luther King’s, “I Have a Dream” speech? This is something that I feel is just as powerful when heard recorded as it is to watch. But, what about the planes crashing in to the Twin Towers on 9/11? That could probably make the cut, but I am so sick and brow beaten with that footage at this point, that I wish never to see it again and refuse to post it here as it was used to herd a numbed American public in to doing a great many evils in the world. Maybe someday in the future, I’ll be able to view it again and see if it fits in such a list.