100 Most Influential Photos

Caption from the August 27, 1945, issue of LIFE. "In the middle of New York's Times Square a white-clad girl clutches her purse and skirt as an uninhibited sailor plants his lips squarely on hers."

Out of all the influential photos on Time’s website, this is one that feels the most familiar to me. It is an incredibly famous picture that I have seen repeatedly throughout my life. I enjoy the feeling and the romance of it- you can feel the joy, especially with everyone smiling in the background. There is also a humongous sculpture of this by the harbor in San Diego that I always enjoy seeing, which gives me more of a connection to it as well. As Time’s website says, this photo distills the “relief and promise of that momentous day in a single moment of unbridled joy…” Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt was able to stumble upon this soon to be iconic moment, now one of the most famous and frequently reproduced pictures of the 20th century.


1 thought on “100 Most Influential Photos”

  1. Very nicely written post! I love your last sentence about stumbling upon a soon to be an iconic moment. Makes be really appreciate the ability of photography to capture the moment.


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