Tragedy often strikes when least expected, and sometimes only pictures can capture the startling horror. The vast majority of pre-tragedy photos never hint at carnage and confusion. Instead, these images possess an eerie otherness, as if they are tensed in preparation for the disasters to come. Some pictures taken before such events may even seem pleasant or harmless in appearance, like normal-looking photos with terrifying backstories.
The more haunting pictures immortalize some unlucky daredevils right before their passings. Although not all who perished on this list were daredevils. Many were regular, everyday people who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Cuban Soldiers Prepare To Execute A Revolutionary, 1956
Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182 After Colliding With Another Aircraft, Heading Towards A Crash, 1978
Formula One Racer Ayrton Senna Rests Before His Fateful Crash, 1994
Snake Charmer Ali Khan Samsudin Works Until A Cobra Bites Him, 2006