The Purposeful Power of Photos

Photos are everywhere. From snapshots, to school pictures, to glossy magazine spreads, we have seen images in almost every context of life for our entire lives, often not stopping to think about how those images came to appear on the page and what made that possible: the camera. I want to research the effect that photos have had on society since the development of the camera. I wonder why photos even resonate with us and exactly what aspects in an image are so enthralling that we remember them forever. Why do certain picture touch us, make us shift our point of view, or even inspire us to act? I want to learn why photos even matter, and why and how their purposeful power can affect their viewers.


Monday, March 28, 2011

Genre 2: Comic

I made this comic based on the iconic photo, "V-J Day" by Alfred Eisenstaedt which was taken in Times Square on August 14, 1945.

Here is my comic frame-by-frame:

When I researched the history of this photograph, I found out that the nurse actually did slap the sailor across the face right after he kissed her. I don't know if the two ended up together, but in my retelling of the photo, they do!

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