If it seems vaguely that an American holiday went by yesterday without you realizing quite what it was, well, it was the anniversary of the day this famous picture was taken....
What I want to know is more about this statue. Is that a permanent thing? Is it still there? Not many photographs have been turned into public sculpture—at least, not when the purpose of the sculpture was inspired in part by the fame of the photograph.
Eisie, fully armed for peacetime
(Thanks to Vlatko Juric-Kokic)
UPDATE: It turns out there's a Wikipedia page about the statues—there are several of them, and they apparently travel. (Thanks to Bob Blakley for this.) They're called "Unconditional Surrender," and the sculptor's name is Seward Johnson.
Perhaps because of a copyright dispute over the famous Eisenstaedt photo, sculptor Johnson has claimed that his statues were based on a less-well-known photograph of the same kissing couple taken by a Lt. Victor Jorgensen. Jorgensen's photo is in the public domain.
News to me; I hadn't known a variant existed. For our purposes, what's probably most interesting is the differences in skill between the two photographers. Same couple, same place, same moment (or very, very close to it—note the position of the walking sailor in the background in both photos), but very different photographs.
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