Friday, March 2, 2012

Was the greatest generation colorblind?

Over sixteen million Americans served in World War II.
Some of the most memorable images that come to mind from that era, we remember in black and white. Most of us probably have a few favorites.
The sailor kissing the nurse in Times Square. (Image credit: WikiCommons)
I recently reviewed an interesting and important book: America at War in Color.
Fathers and grandfathers of baby boomers not only remember the war in color, they experienced it in color.
America at War in Color includes the story of one of the most memorable images from the war. It was taken near the end of the war on a small island in the Pacific. One of the men in that picture left autographed copies of it for his children. He chose to leave with with color prints.  Great story. 
(Image credit: WikiCommons)


  1. Black & White will always be a part of photography...only the film will disappear.

  2. Thanks for stopping by and for commenting!
    I've long been a fan of black and white photography and always will be. It was such a surprise to find this book.

  3. I’m not exactly a fan of black and white. I blame Technicolor and the Wizard of Oz. When I watched Oz as a kid, it was in black and white. Then when they colorized it and I could actually see a YELLOW yellow brick road, it was traumatic. (Not!) But truthfully I think anyone who can master the technique of black and white photography has an incredible gift. (That would be you, Mr. Etier.) What I think is hilarious about that iconic photo is the fact that the guy is not kissing his wife. He was so happy to back the war was over, he grabbed a woman and planted one of the lips! Having no idea that picture would be plastered on the cover of well-known magazine. He kept that secret for years and never revealed himself. Forever being thankful that is wife could not see his face plainly. Isn’t that a great true story??

    1. Yes! Great story.
      Thanks for visiting and for commenting, Treathyl.