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The Iconic V-J Day in Times Square : The True Story Behind The Iconic Photo

Posted by Maxime Vanhulle on

The photo portrays a U.S. Navy embracing and kissing a stranger—a dental assistant—on Victory over Japan Day ("V-J Day”), Times Square, New York City, 14 August 1945.

So many people have claimed to be the subjects on the famous photo!

The photo was taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt - a spontaneous “click” amidst the large crowds of Time Square at the Victory Celebrations, announcing the end of the war with Japan in 1945.

The photo portrays a U.S. Navy embracing and kissing a stranger—a dental assistant—on Victory over Japan Day ("V-J Day”), Times Square, New York City, 14 August 1945.

Life Magasine instantly published the photo and it went viral! At the time “Kissing scenes” were popular amongst photographers. And in Time Square on V-J day , amongst the numerous kissing scenes, this photo, this unique instant and moment in time became a popular print. Unfortunately, the photographer, Eisenstaedt did not have the time to catch the personal information of his subjects. The photo was shot just south of 45th Street looking north from a location where  Broadway and Seventh Avenue converge.


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