26 Of The 20th Century’s Underrated Iconic Photos

Published February 27, 2017
Updated February 16, 2018

The same handful of photos are often used to exemplify generational conditions. These underrated iconic photos create a fuller picture.

Miner Boy
Agassiz Statue
Death Mask
Hélène Dutrieu
26 Of The 20th Century’s Underrated Iconic Photos
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With the advent and rapid development of photographic technology in the early 20th century, it's no surprise that we tend to recall many historic and historical events of the era through photos.

Given a combination of social interests, power structures and artistic tastes of the time, however, certain photo-captured events "stick out" more than others as iconic -- think of Dorothea Lange's "Migrant Mother" -- with other memorable photos cast aside as somehow less important or artistically valuable.

While iconic photos by definition possess a certain exclusivity, we have combed through the archives to present some underrated iconic photos that warrant your consideration.

Erin Kelly
An All That’s Interesting writer since 2013, Erin Kelly focuses on historic places, natural wonders, environmental issues, and the world of science. Her work has also been featured in Smithsonian and she’s designed several book covers in her career as a graphic artist.