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March 1, 2009

Hooray, The War Is (Going To Be) Over!

lijiejun kiss.jpg

I wanted to return to the World Press Photo winners and, especially, Li Jiejun’s third-place award for “Icons of war photography.” (Here’s the page with the series. Especially note the Iwo Jima image.)

At the risk of some redundancy — given our look earlier this week at Brooks Kraft’s miniaturized State of the Union — I’m interested in your take on this composition to reproducing the famous V-J day kiss. I’ve had this photo and series in mind for a couple of weeks now, thinking about the contrast and irony between America’s emergence from WWII and the Iraq segment of Bush’s World War.

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