7. Photographer Unknown

At a glance, the person in the image on the cover of The Economist appears dressed in an almost comical costume, but upon learning the reality of the image, the humor is replaced instantly with a sense of fear and guilt. The man standing atop the cardboard box is a prisoner at Abu Ghraib. His fingers have allegededly been connected to a source that would electrocute him upon descent. The chilling image looks as though it was snapped from a cell phone camera with a weak flash, and openly bears the recent history the United States has been clamoring to clean up.

Website / image via

Above: Untitled (Prisoner at Abu Ghraib), 2004