A collection of the most compelling photos shot in the last century

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From time to time, we like to encourage y’all to open up your aperture a bit, and draw some perspective from the larger world of photography. Y’know, photo essays about Darth Vader’s daily habits and Forever 21’s latest marketing gimmick. And the monumental achievements of the greatest photographers of the past century and a half. That sort of thing.

Well, if ever there was a piece that went into the aforementioned category, it’s this one. Do keep reading.

The Photographers 2015

CNN.com has assembled this photo essay of some of the most compelling photos of the past 100 years. People, these images are worthy to be placed among the infamous “27 color glossy photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one, explaining what each one was, to be used as evidence against us” that Arlo Guthrie immortalized in “Alice’s Restaurant.”

The Photographers 2015These images are drawn from a joint exhibition called The Photographers 2015, running this month in London, hosted by the Osborne Samuel Gallery, and the Beetles + Huxley Gallery. These two galleries are showcasing over 150 epochal prints shot by such proverbial figures as Robert Capa, Garry Winogrand, Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and David Bailey. That iconic image of Winston Churchill by Edward Steichen? Mm-hmmm. Gary Schatzberg’s portraits of Bob Dylan? Oh yeah, baby. 1950s-era photographic surrealism by Toshiko Okanoue? You betcha. It’s in there. Even the inventor of the strobe light is represented by some early images.

The Photographers 2015The Photographers 2015Here’s a terrific chance to painlessly educate yourself regarding the development of photography as both a form of artistic expression, and as a craft requiring a unique canon of technical mastery.

If you want to thumb through the complete exhibition (hint: you do), here’s a link to The Photographers 2015 in all its glory.

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