As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Taking a picture can freeze a moment in time and often describes its context in a way that words simply cannot.

The invention of photography has had an enormous influence on the world we live in. It has not only provided mankind with a means of documenting events, but it has changed the way we see the world, the people and creatures who live in it, and has altered discourse around topics such as war and other events that come and go with life.

For each and every major moment in contemporary human existence, photographs have demonstrated news which would not otherwise have been possible and we would find difficult to believe. When the passenger airship Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed, a camera was there to capture the moment. When the Berlin Wall came down, a camera was there to show people celebrating and families reuniting. These pictures are examples of some of the best and worst moments of modern history, and capture the raw emotion of the times they were taken. They are gripping, shocking and will leave an impact on your memory and will stand the test of time.

Our latest infographic looks at a collection of some of the most iconic photographs of all time - they are absorbing and unforgettable because of the volumes they speak about the human condition.

The most iconic photographs of all time