Discover Which Photographs Have Shaped Topshop Topman’s Editorial Team This World Photography Day

Photography lovers, today is your day! World Photography Day is celebrated annually on 19th August across the globe to raise awareness for important issues of our time through photography and to keep the art form alive and thriving.  A photograph has the ability to capture a moment in time and because it is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, keep scrolling to discover which photos have shaped and inspired Topshop Topman’s editorial team…

1. Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville by Robert Doisneau


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This picture means a lot to me, as it’s probably the first photograph I remember seeing in my life. My parents had a big print of it hanging in our living room when I was younger and I always used to look at it really closely and imagined the couple being my parents. Then weirdly, in my final ever art history exam in school we were asked to analyse this exact photograph! At the time this felt like fate to me because I knew the picture so well and basically spent my entire childhood analysing it, so I ended up getting a really good grade. I love Robert Doisneau’s work in general – it’s all black and white and yet so emotive – every picture tells a story but everyone who looks at it will see something else depending on their own experiences, which I love.

Cailin Klohk, Digital Editor

2. Lunch atop a Skyscraper by Charles C. Ebbets


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I’ve always been fascinated by this photograph of these men casually eating lunch with their feet dangling 840 feet above the New York City streets. I’m afraid of heights and just looking at it makes me feel dizzy!  Hence my admiration. Also, the mystery surrounding the man behind the lens and the identity of these workers in front of the camera makes it even more engaging to me.

Anne-Martine Toussaint – French Editorial Assistant

3. Scarred Tree by Sally Mann


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I love the powerful photography of Sally Mann. The aim behind this almost human-like image of a scarred tree is to show that nature has a memory – a very important message, especially nowadays in times of people doing so much harm to the environment…

Nina Meeger – German Editorial Assistant

4. A police officer issuing a woman a ticket for wearing a bikini on a beach at Rimini, Italy by Unknown


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Why wouldn’t this be my favourite – look how far we have come! Her confidence and self-assurance is radiating… and she looks great, too!

Lauren Noble – Junior Editor

5. Attorney Gloria Allred and Norma McCorvey,’Jane Roe’ by Bob Riha, Jr. / Getty Images


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This photo of Jane Roe (right, pseudonym) and her lawyer Gloria Allred was taken after the landmark case led to the legalisation of abortion in 1973 and a victory for women’s rights around the world, nearly 50 years later it feels as important as ever.

Hannah Finnigan-Walsh – Digital Editor

6. Editorial Harper Bazaar photoshoot by Melvin Sokolsky


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These days, everyone uses photoshop: everything is airbrushed, superimposed, or edited on a computer, from behind a desk. But in 1963 (when this image was taken for a Harpers Bazaar editorial) this tool didn’t exist – photographers had to think way out of the box to create the sort of surreal and magical image that we take for granted now. I love this shoot of a plexiglass bubble on the River Seine (and various other locations around Paris) because of the imagination, craft and work that went into making it possible.

Becca Wade – Digital Junior Editor