Monday, July 29, 2013

Unconditional Surrender

You know the famous photograph of the nurse in Times Square, being kissed by a soldier just returned from World War II? There's an enormous (and I mean taller than a house) statue of them, titled Unconditional Surrender on display by Sarasota harbor. Actually - and I know this is more complicated detail than you want to hear so I'll make it brief - because that famous photograph is aggressively copyright-protected by the attorneys of the estate of its photographer, sculptor Seward Johnson maintains his sculpture is actually not influenced by the world-famous photo, no, Heavens no, but actually was inspired by a far lesser-known image of the same scene as photographed by Victor Jorgensen.

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