V-J day in Times Square

By: Emily Baker-King
Photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt on
August 14, 1945.
The photograph was published a week later
in Life magazine among many photographs
of celebrations around the country that were
presented in a twelve-page section called
The photo was take right after World War
The photograph is known under various
titles, such as V-J Day in Times Square, VDay, and The Kiss.
Because Eisenstaedt was photographing
rapidly changing events during the
celebrations he did not have an opportunity
to get the names and details. The photograph
does not clearly show the faces of either
person involved in this embrace and several
people have claimed to be the subjects. The
photograph was shot just south of 45th Street
looking north from a location where
Broadway and Seventh Avenue converge.
saw lots of people walking
around Times Square, and I also
saw the very large buildings
with billboards on them in the
 The sailor kissing a nurse is
what stood out to me.
 The
purpose of this image is to
show that after the war was
over people all over were
celebrating. One was a sailor
celebrated was by walking
around Times Square and
kissing every woman in his
 The
image conveys an happy or
rejoiceful message.
 It makes you happy also
because you see that the people
who fought in the war are
finally home.
 The
audience of this photo is
the American people.
 It was published on the cover of
Life magazine, and in The New
York Times. This means that
many people saw it.
think the man kissing the
woman is a symbol.
 It stands for the American
troops coming home from
World War Two.
 Yes
I think it would.
 If you had a wider view you
would be looking more at the
other people and the buildings
instead of the sailor kissing the
think you do get a different
message from this picture
because you just see the sailor
and the nurse instead of seeing
other people too.
think it would have a different meaning
because we wouldn’t think of the time period it
was in. I think that the black and white makes
the picture unique and timeless.
 This
is a heartwarming picture,
and ethically most people will
say it makes them feel like the
war has finally ended.
 It will most likely change
peoples perspectives of sailors
and nurses.
 The
viewer of this image
feels almost chipper
because all of the brave
men that fought in World
War Two are finally home,
and they are rejoicing to be
away from the warzone.
 Emotionally
people are going
to be happy about this image
because of the many soldiers
they can see walking the
streets, and because this is a
picture that is “kissing the war
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