An analysis of the kissing sailor and the story behind the iconic photograph

Sailor kiss interview

She was just 20 years old and lived with her parents in Queens. I took exactly four pictures. When asked about her feelings being in the background of a famous photo of her husband, 95 years old as of , kissing another woman, she said, "he's never kissed me like that. They concluded that Mendonsa's version of events is untenable. This has shed new light on this moment, which upon closer examination of the photo appears more forceful than affectionate. He was just holding me tight. Rita can be seen just over Mendonsa's right shoulder. One of them cuts in on the sailor for a kiss with the nurse. I was carrying this little tapestry purse that I owned. Then I noticed the nurse, standing in that enormous crowd. He was just holding me tight. She says the photo, like the kiss, has never been an issue in their marriage. Friedman said that when she first saw the photograph in the s, she instantly knew it was her. After the war, she learned that her parents had died in the camps, and she has never returned to Austria.

Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt captured the moment on August 14,and created the picture that went on to symbolise the end of the war. Feministing blogger Lori argues that the photograph does not capture the romantic moment that we believe it does.

We were sent back to the States until the Army could get strong enough [to attack].

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The good news was her bosses cancelled the rest of the appointments for the day. In later years, she admitted that she didn't even see him coming and that the two were strangers.

Iconic kiss times square

I focused on her, and just as I'd hoped, the sailor came along, grabbed the nurse, and bent down to kiss her. George helped pull hundreds of men, some horribly burned, out of the water, and watched with awe as nurses went to work on them. It shows less of Times Square in the background, lacking the characteristic view of the complex intersection so that the location needs to be identified, it is dark and shows few details of the main subjects, and it does not show the lower legs and feet of the subjects. In later years, she admitted that she didn't even see him coming and that the two were strangers. But much like the photograph itself, nothing is as it seems. Her family announced that she died earlier this month at the age of Combined with the humorous expressions on the bystanders and the sailor's firm grasp of the nurse, the situation has been described as emblematic of a time when women were "subordinated to men", or of a rape culture. Later in the article, Friedman states, That man was very strong. Friedman was not prepared for the kiss. They concluded that the woman was Greta Zimmer Friedman and that she was wearing her dental hygienist uniform in the photograph.

They further point to a clock seen in the picture, its minute hand near the 10 and its hour hand pointing virtually vertically downward, indicating a time of approximatelyand to Victor Jorgensen's account of the circumstances of his own picture.

Art critic Michael Kimmelman summarized the composition in as reflective of that mood: the sailor representing returning troops, the nurse representing those who would welcome them home, and Times Square standing for home.

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He put his arm around her, dipped her, and kissed her.

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