1939, printed 1970s
Gelatin silver print
Image: 30.4 x 22.8 cm (11 15/16 x 9 in.); 35.5 x 27.8 cm (14 x 10 15/16 in.)
Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2018.378
© Lou Stoumen Archive / Museum of Photographic Arts
Lou Stoumen described the process of street photography and the creation of this photograph. “It’s sometimes necessary to shoot from the hip, like an ambushed gunfighter,” he said. “It happens fast. You guess the distance, the angle, and you shoot. I saw the possibility of this photograph aboard a subway train under Times Square and shot immediately, from my hip. If I’d raised the camera to my eye the sailor and his girl would have reacted, with anger perhaps or laughter. But then this moment of amorous electricity between them would have been forever lost.”
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