The Locations of Famous Photographs on Google Maps

What they look like now: the Abbey Road crossing made famous by the Beatles, the location of the Normandy landings by Allied troops, and Antelope Canyon, where the most expensive photograph in history was taken.

“This is the place” the ugly landmarks that attract tourists: Hemingway’s favorite bar in Havana, the place where Joan of Arc was burned in Rouen, the Bodhi Tree, the location of Pushkin’s duel on the Black river. Bird In Flight on “those places” — where some of the most famous photographs in history were taken, and what they look like now.

Normandy Invasion
Robert Capa

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On July 6, 1944, photographer Robert Capa, under the instructions of LIFE magazine, went to capture the landing of Allied troops during the opening of the second front in Normandy. Capa’s photographs depicted the fighting that unfolded during the “Omaha Beach” sector of the invasion. The most famous picture — of US Marines crawling out of the English Channel — is blurry, something that many see as the photographer’s intention, but actually was the result of the negative being spoiled by the developer. Now Omaha Beach belongs to the French commune of Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer and it is home to the Omaha Beach Memorial Museum and a cemetery for American soldiers.

V-J Day in Times Square
Alfred Eisenstaedt

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The shot of the accidental kiss between sailor, Glenn McDuffie, and nurse, Edith Shain, in Times Square was taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt on August 14, 1945 at 45th Street, where Broadway and 7th Avenue intersection. In 2005, in honor of the sixtieth anniversary of the victory over Japan, US sculptor John Seward Johnson II revealed a bronze statue of the kissing couple called “Unconditional Surrender.” As a result of a car accident in April 2012, the sculpture was damaged and dismantled.

Saigon Execution
Eddie Adams

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On February 1, 1968, General Nguyen Ngoc Loan shot a captured activist of the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam in front of Associated Press photographer Eddie Adams. The picture was taken near a Buddhist pagoda in District 10 of Ho Chi Minh City (known as Saigon until 1975). The area doesn’t resemble the events of almost fifty years ago.

Malcolm Browne

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In June 1963, South Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Quang Duc, publicly burned himself to death. He was protesting against the persecution of Buddhists by the regime of the first president of the Republic of Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem. The self-immolation occurred a few blocks from the presidential palace, at the crossroads of Phan Dinh Phung Boulevard (now Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street) and Le Van Duet Street (now Cach Mang Thang Street). A monument in honor of the venerable Thich Quang Duc sits near this location.

The Kissing Couple
Richard Lam

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The picture, taken during the riots after the Vancouver Canucks lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, captures a kissing couple in a background of the police and Canucks fans. The police knocked down Alexandra Thomas and Scott Jones soothed her. The police drove protesters from George Street to Granville Street and Robson Street, presumably where the picture was taken. These streets are known for their expensive boutiques and restaurants, many of which were damaged during the riots.

Tank Man
Stuart Franklin

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On June 5, 1989, after the Chinese army violently suppressed protests on Tiananmen Square in Beijing, an unidentified man stood in the middle of a road, blocking a column tanks and earning worldwide fame. The incident was captured by as many as five photographers, including Stuart Franklin from the agency Magnum. Tiananmen Square is a symbolic place for the Chinese nation (it is the location of the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong), although the tragedy that occurred on the square is not usually mentioned by local guides.

Peter Lik

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Phantom became the most expensive photograph in history when, in 2014, a private collector bought it for $6.5 million. The picture was taken in Antelope Canyon, which is located in northern Arizona. The canyon got its name from the red color of the walls that resemble the skin of an antelope. It’s popular among photographers and tourists, who can only get there accompanied by a guide.

Abbey Road
Ian McMillan

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On August 8, 1969, photographer Iain Macmillan took a photo for the album cover of Abbey Road by The Beatles. One of the busiest streets in London, Abbey Road was able to be blocked for the photo shoot for just ten minutes. During this time, McMillan took six shots. Now the crossroads, next to which stands Abbey Road Studios, are a popular gathering place for tourists and Beatles fan wishing to see location firsthand.

Boston Marathon Bombings
John Tlumacki

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In April 2013, during the annual Boston Marathon, a terrorist attack took place on the podium next to the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 280. John Tlumak took the picture on Boylston Street for The Boston Globe. The street is one of the most prestigious in Boston, located near Boston Common, the Boston Public Library, luxury hotels and boutiques.

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