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BIS 331: Journalism and Media History (Hsu): Historical Understanding

Historical Understanding

What is the context and significance of the photograph? How was it received at the time of publication? What other concurrent historical or social factors were at play?

Alfred Eisenstaedt

Alfred Eisenstaedt's V-J kiss photo

Image: Eisenstaedt, Alfred. V-J Day in Times Square. 1945. LIFE magazine. Gale eBooks, Accessed 21 Jan. 2020.

Research the context of the photo

Hopefully, in researching the photo, photographer, and scholarly analysis, you also found information about the historical and social context of the photo.

If you need more information, you can use Gale eBooks to research the historical time period or event related to your photo.

Example Searches:

  • war and photojournalism
  • Vietnam war American media
  • sports and racism