Edith Shain, the nurse who was one half of one of the most iconic photos of the 20th Century, passed away recently at the age of ninety-two.
Of the image, photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt said:
- In Times Square on V.J. Day I saw a sailor running along the street grabbing any and every girl in sight. Whether she was a grandmother, stout, thin, old, didn’t make a difference. I was running ahead of him with my Leica looking back over my shoulder but none of the pictures that were possible pleased me. Then suddenly, in a flash, I saw something white being grabbed. I turned around and clicked the moment the sailor kissed the nurse. If she had been dressed in a dark dress I would never have taken the picture. If the sailor had worn a white uniform, the same. I took exactly four pictures. It was done within a few seconds… People tell me that when I am in heaven they will remember this picture.
Call me a big old softie, but it’s always been one of my favorites. R.I.P., Edith.