20 Timeless Photos That Made Our Week

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What makes us grin, smile, belly-laugh? There are myriad triggers, of course, ranging from the sweet and the lighthearted to the dark and (occasionally) the deeply twisted. Here, as a visual antidote to the seemingly endless litany of bad news we’ve all endured over the past several months, TIME’s photo editors offer a selection of iconic, sunny, jubilant pictures from across the decades.

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austexcal
austexcal

"I can't think of anybody who considered that as an assault," said Friedman, who exchanges Christmas cards with Mendonsa every year and has appeared with him at several reunion events. "It was a happy event."

Fladabosco
Fladabosco

I vividly remember some of these photos, especially the picture of Mr. Stirm's family running towards him. I'm a grumpy older guy now but that picture still makes me cry.

VirginiaCottsRnBsn
VirginiaCottsRnBsn

Great selection. A number of them are in the superb 1955 collection "The Family of Man" by Steichen, Sandburg and Norman.

Having learned the back story (which took almost 6 decades) to the VJ Times Square kiss, I agree with noticeherclosedfist. Best to leave it out of this kind of collection. Fine to use when the background is included in the caption.

How about the gay soldier returning from an ME tour being greeted by his partner? 

Fladabosco
Fladabosco

@VirginiaCottsRnBsn I'm a liberal guy and supporter of women's rights and if this picture was taken today I'd agree with you, but this was a different time and there are other back stories going on - for example our 16 million men and women in uniform during that war - the ones still alive - could come home and 6 years of war were over. If you read accounts of the day you will find that strangers were kissing each other all day when the news came out.

Now we are used to living with war. It's hardly ever on the front page now and if it is it's usually in the context of a single incident or a philosophical question.


I am uneasy saying that kissing the nurse was OK but I am inclined not to be outraged by it.

Basnig
Basnig

The caption reads: "As a visual antidote to a seemingly endless litany of bad news, TIME's photo editors offer a selection of sunny pictures from across the decades"

 Isn't the seemingly endless litany of bad news because news writers choose to focus on the sensational bad news instead of having an eye for the positive and the good?  Time and other journalists should strive to provide a balance of good and bad news instead of focusing mainly on the bad just because it is sensational and generates more attention.


It is pathetic that to get a visual break from the negative, Time's staff had to dig thru several decades of pictures. I do believe there is still enough positive and good in our current times. As the saying goes, One finds what one looks for.

Whatthe?
Whatthe?

@noticeherclosedfist 

You're not helping your cause using an article from the Daily Mail.

VirginiaCottsRnBsn
VirginiaCottsRnBsn

@Whatthe? @noticeherclosedfist You're making a really poor impression attributing the source incorrectly. Try linking and reading. The one it links to at the end as a follow up based on comments is just as good.

Whatthe?
Whatthe?

@VirginiaCottsRnBsn

You're being combative with some one that supports your cause.

The Daily Mail is nothing but a UK tabloid.  Being a yank you may not know that.

james1992repressed
james1992repressed

@noticeherclosedfistTake your feminist rhetoric elsewhere. Half the woman I know would love to be kissed liked that yet are surrounded by young men who have grown up sexually repressed and can barely act on their instincts.

JessB
JessB

@james1992repressed@noticeherclosedfist If you want to be kissed like that, then it's not sexual assault; if you don't want to be kissed like that, then it is sexual assault. The woman in the photograph has said that she didn't want to be kissed like that, and there are photographs which were taken immediately before which show her pushing the man away, not to mention this photograph, which shows her practically in a headlock, and in a position of stress (hence @noticeherclosedfist's reference to the woman's hand). 

I think it's fine for women - and men! - to want to be kissed like this, and I think it's fine for women to say they don't want to be kissed like that. But I don't think it's nice for you to say that @noticeherclosedfist's comment is "feminist rhetoric". 


LNL
LNL like.author.displayName 1 Like

@james1992repressed Sorry but it WAS a form of sexual assault as you would have found out had you actually bothered to read the article she linked to, where the woman in the picture describes how this man who was a complete stranger to her simply grabbed her and kissed her without her consent.