What makes a photo legendary? The photo everyone is talking about

Being from Vancouver, I just couldn’t resist making a comment about the events of last night—which now include this image by photographer, Rich Lam (Getty Images).

Titled by some as the “Kissing Couple”, this photograph was published by almost every major news organization on the globe. After today I am a confirmed believer in the power of social media and it’s ability to make a photograph legendary in less than 24hours.

Wikipedia notes that Life Magazine, photographer, Alfred Eisenstaedt is best known for his photograph “V-J Day in Times Square”. It’s considered one of the most romantic images of all time.

Do you think that Rich Lam will enjoy the same fame for this photograph?

Suggestions have been made that Lam’s photograph was staged. This NY Times post article “When a Kiss Isn’t Just a Kiss” by Sewell Chan discusses another famous  photograph featuring a kiss, Robert Doisneau’s “The Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville” (seen left)—which incidentally was staged.

Staged or not, these kinds of images become legendary. It’s unfortunate, but I’m just glad to have something else to talk about besides the Canucks loss.

To learn more about the famous “Kissing couple in Vancouver riots”  follow this link photoblog.com at msnbc.com.

BTW: My Google image search net’ed 3,160,000 photos of “kissing couples” in .25 seconds. Just in case that kind of data interests you.

UPDATE: Some news agencies are reporting that this girl was injured, not in a romantic embrace.

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