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"All my son wanted was to see the world". Keith Sapsford, 14, Australian, hid in the wheel housing of a Japan Air Lines Tokyo-bound jet in Sydney. John Gilspin, an amateur photographer, was testing his new camera lens as the plane took off and unwittingly caught Keith Sapsford's 200-foot plunge to death. 1970.

I’ve posted this before but I love it, so again, opening day — Pedestrian Day — of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Nelson Mandela: Portrait by the photographer and filmmaker Adrian Steirn as part of his 21 Icons South Africa in 2011