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“It is time to recognize that a very significant number of people in the heartland have spoken, and are thoroughly disgusted with the status quo.” That was how Dick Roy of Lawrenceville, Ga.–who felt the media had missed important campaign stories because of a liberal bias–reacted to TIME’s Nov. 21 cover package about the results of the presidential election. Meanwhile, responding to Zeke J. Miller’s piece on how Donald Trump won, Don Marine of Sun City West, Ariz., saw a different side of the equation. “While Miller and most others credit the ‘Joe the plumber’ crowd for electing Trump, the professional elites up and down my street unearth their Trump signs–hundreds of them–and head for the golf course,” he wrote. Many others, rather than looking back at how Trump won, expressed fears about what his win will mean for the future. Keith Paul of South Hadley, Mass., urged TIME to “hold Mr. Trump’s feet to the fire when necessary.”



To craft a list of the 100 most influential photographs in the history of the medium, TIME conducted thousands of interviews and consulted an international team of curators, historians and editors. Now, in essays and short films, we delve into the stories behind such world-changing images as (below, from left) Muhammad Ali towering over Sonny Liston in the first round of a 1965 bout, taken by Sports Illustrated photographer Neil Leifer; Philippe Halsman’s meticulously crafted 1948 portrait of Salvador Dalí; Harold Edgerton’s 1957 stop-motion photo Milk Drop Coronet; and Harry Benson’s 1964 snap of the Beatles at the dawn of world fame, pillow-fighting at a Paris hotel. Read more on page 66, and see the full list at time.com/100photos


A 234-page hardcover, available on Amazon and in the TIME Shop, explores each image and has a foreword by Geoff Dyer and an afterword by David Von Drehle. Learn more at shop.time.com


Our series includes on-camera interviews with photographers Donna Ferrato and Ron Galella (far left and center) and an exploration of the impact of a 1955 picture of Emmett Till, narrated by Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative (right).

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