Chilling Photographs That'll Change Your Perspective

By Sophia Maddox | July 21, 2023

Photographer Roland Reed’s 1910 image, titled “The Eagle”, showed the majestic beauty of the Blackfoot people in their ancestral home in what is now Glacier National Park ⛰️

Things aren’t always as they seem. This collection of photographs will show you a view of history – its people, places, and events – that offers a different perspective than what we see in our history books. You will see famous people before they were stars, the final moments of some people’s lives, fads and trends of the past, and some intriguing slices of life in days gone by. History is full of fascinating little tidbits that make for wonderful stories. All we need to do to find them is to change our perspective.

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The photographer was less interested in accurately depicting the Blackfoot people than he was with the artistic arrangement of the photograph. (Pinterest)

Roland Reed was a prominent American photographer of the early 20th century who was known for his photographic series featuring Native Americans. Reed, however, was a pictorialist. This artistic movement of the day put an emphasis on artistic arrangement rather than authenticity. The majority of Reed’s photographs of the Blackfoot people, like this one seen here, were staged. Reed sacrificed historical and ethnological accuracy for the sake of a great photograph. Since a collection of his photographs remain, historians are challenged with unraveling the portions of the images that are true to the Blackfoot legacy and which aspects were stages by Reed.

Between the 1930s and the 1980s, Iranian women were free to dress and style their hair how they wanted, like this young lady in the 1960s, but the Islamic Revolution of 1979 made the hijab a requirement for all women. 

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Iranian women are no longer allowed to wear outfits like this in public. (twitter)

Iranian women were making great strides in the 1950s to 1970s. Thanks in part to the efforts of the Iranian Women’s Movement, women gained the right to vote, hold public office, and divorce their husbands. They enjoyed the freedom to wear whatever they wanted, like the carefree woman in this photograph. Iranian women had one foot in the modern world and were poised to take a big step. All that changed, however, after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. In the years that followed, more and more laws were passed to suppress the rights of women. The most noticeable of these laws had to do with the public dress code for women which required mandatory face veils for all females in public.