The power of a still image

Updated 8:43 AM ET, Sat January 14, 2012
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The photographs that appeared in LIFE magazine helped cement LIFE's reputation as the photography magazine of the 20th century. Photographer Andrew Holbrooke captured a starving girl pulling at her brother's robe at a Somali feeding station in 1992. Click through the gallery to see a selection of some of LIFE's most powerful images. Andrew Holbrooke/LIFE
Robert F. Kennedy is comforted by busboy Juan Romero after he was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968. Bill Eppridge/LIFE
Larry Burrows, known for his color photos from Vietnam, took this photo of wounded U.S. Marines in 1966. Larry Burrows/LIFE
An American soldier comforts a wounded infant in Saipan. W. Eugene Smith/LIFE
Hugh Hefner evaluates Bunny outfit alterations at the Chicago Playboy Mansion in 1965. Burk Uzzle/LIFE
Twelve-year-old Flavio Da Silva in Rio de Janeiro is weary from caring for his brothers and sisters. Gordon Parks/LIFE
Astronaut Alan Shepard runs toward Redstone rocket in 1961. Ralph Morse/LIFE
Jayne Mansfield was photographed in a swimming pool in 1957. Allan Grant/LIFE
Alfred Eisenstaedt photographed Marilyn Monroe at home in California in 1953. Alfred Eisenstaedt/LIFE
Jackie Robinson rounds third base in the 1955 World Series. Ralph Morse/life
Photo by Margaret Bourke-White in a saloon near the Fort Peck Dam Project in 1936. Margaret Bourke-White/life
A leopard and baboon in Botswana taken by John Dominis in 1966. John Dominis/life
The Taj Mahal in India, photographed by Larry Burrows. Larry Burrows/LIFE