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Visual Image Analysis : V-J Day Kiss

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Khaila C

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Visual Image Analysis :
V-J Day In Times Square Photograph
-Khaila Cofer-

V-J Day In Times Square ("The Kiss" )
The Setting:
When: August 14, 1945
Where: Times Square, New York City
Post World War II - Victory over Japan Day

Why Did This Setting Work?
The setting did this photograph justice because it helped to tell the story - helped to capture the actual celebration that was occuring.
Imagining this image without the backgroud would probably make the viewer assume that this was an intentional shot and surely a passionate moment - when it was not.

Background Information:
Who Created This and Why?
Photographer: Alfred Eisenstaedt

Personal Evaluation:
The Genre:
Typical genre of the photograph would be "Romantic" - story of long lost lovers reunited after a struggle.
In all actuality the story is not like that - broke out of cliche.
Not intentionally done by photographer- Alfred looked to capture a moment.
Genre given to photo is a mixture between Event and Documentary
German born American photographer and photojournalist
Frequently used a 35mm Leica camera ("To Keep It Simple")
Became professional photographer in 1929 and was highly influenced by Erich Salomon
Apart of the Straight Photography movement ("work straight")
Movement took place from 1900-1970
Subject Matter: Usually identifiable with representational subject such as portraits, landscapes, and still lifes.
This type of photography is so familiar that many people forget that this is a conscious style.
Usually Straight Photographers produce black-and-white pictures.

Mood: What Was It Like?
Examples of Straight Photography vs. Alfred Eisenstaedt
Analyzing the Story:
Story of the Photo:
End of the War
Date with Sailor and Rita
Background Emotions -
What Sticks Out:
Positioning of the main characters
Background -Surrounding People - Mood Set
Who Were They:
Greta Zimmer
George Mendonsa
Rita Petry
Works Cited
This particular photograph was interesting to me simply because of the story it embodied. I liked the fact that this picture was not what it seemed; when you initially looked at it it appears to be romantic and its not. I believe that is what makes this photograph work. It did not embody a cliche rather it symbolized a society that came together after a long struggle.
It also served a real cultural relevance - joy and sense of reuniting after a long struggle.
Photograph used as an ionic symbol for the end of the war then and coming together as one today.
The fact that it is seen everywhere today - in some magazines, postcards, etc., show its remarkable effect on what it means to be an "American".

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