Sunday: “The Kiss” by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1945

Today’s photos is part of the Sunday series of famous historic and contemporary photographs.

World Famous Photographs

This looks, in a way, like a very romantic kiss.  But there’s more to it…!

This photo is also known by the title “V-J Day in Times Square.” It was taken by well known photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, in New York’s Time Square. “V-J” Day stands over “Victory over Japan” day.  As part of photographing the big celebrations in the Times Square, Eisenstaedt followed a sailor who was running around kissing lots of girls (“Whether she was a grandmother, stout, thin, old, didn’t make a difference” the photographer later described).   When the sailor swooped in to kiss a nurse in a white uniform, Eisenstaedt snapped this iconic photograph.

This photograph works so well because it is capturing a significant moment in history; the photographer’s position in the middle of the street allows the viewer to identify the location as New York’s Time Square, further giving it historical context; the spontaneous emotion and the complex body language; and the contrast and balance of their subjects’ arms and their contrasting/complimentary colors of dark uniform and white uniform.

Read more on wikipedia here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V-J_Day_in_Times_Square

Thanks for exploring this photo with me!

~ Oriana @ Nosara Daily Photo

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