photo by Edouard Boubat
photo by Edourard Boubat
"[Photography] can be like a passionate kiss, but also like a gunshot or a psychoanalyst’s couch" (Henri Cartier-Bresson).
photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson
Kisses happen in the midst of gun fires. This image was taken by Mario De Biasi in '56 during Budapest revolution: two hungarian refuges kiss each other passed the border of their country invaded by Soviet.
photo by Mario De Biasi
One of the most famous and legendary kisses is the one in Times Square in New York, taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt on August 14, 1945, that portrays an american sailor kissing a woman in a white dress on V-J Day (Victory over Japan Day).
In 1950 Robert Doisneau had to quickly put together a reportage on love in Paris for Life and thought of hiring two aspiring actors and make them kiss each other as if by chance in the busy streets of Paris. It became Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville), the most sold postcard in the world, internationally recognized symbol of young love in Paris. It really looked like a kiss stolen from a bistrot table. The identity of the couple remained a mystery until 1992 when Jean and Denise Lavergne erroneously believed themselves to be the couple in The Kiss. This resulted in them taking Doisneau to court for "taking their picture without their knowledge". The court action forced Doisneau to reveal that he posed the shot using Françoise Delbart and Jacques Carteaud, lovers whom he had just seen kissing, but had not photographed initially because of his natural reserve; he approached them and asked if they would repeat the kiss. He won the court case against the Lavergnes.
photo by Robert Doisneau
This famous photograph of a necking couple reflected in a car mirror while parked on a picturesque California overlook was taken by Elliott Erwitt and features a couple of his friends.
photo by Elliott Erwitt
These two lovers framed in the arcades of San Marco square in Venice is one of the most famous and most imitated images by Gianni Berengo Gardin.
photo by Gianni Berengo Gardin
Here are some more legendary kisses, like this one snapped by Rich Lam during Vancouver's hockey riots.
Or this one between Breznev and Honecker.
And this provocative kiss by Oliviero Toscani.
photo by Oliviero Toscani
Or this desperation kiss, taken by Nan Goldin, of a generation betrayed by drug overdose or AIDS.
photo by Nan Goldin
Last but not least here are some beautiful kisses stolen by dA's street photographers, and some of the stories behind them...
by Alphan Yilmazmaden
This shot was taken on a boat trip between Asia and Europa, on a warm October Sunday, 2012. I noticed this couple outside while I was sitting inside. I found the boy's body language quite insistent, I was attracted by his hand. Although the in and out light conditions were extremely different, I decided to take a photo hoping the people sitting/standing outside would help shading a bit of outside light. Exposure was set manually, I had the chance to take two shots, this was the best one.
Nikon D300 with Nikkor 24mm f:2.8, f:11, 1/50 sec., iso:250
by Ziaul Kareem
I was on my way back after visiting 2013 World Press Photo exhibition in Old Montreal, Canada. It was dark and rainy. I passed by this loving couple who seemed to forget about the rest of the world. I turned back and waited under a tree to have my camera set. All of a sudden the lady in the background took shelter from the rain and I moved closer to my subject and clicked. One shot and I left.
by José Calheiros
It was a sunday afternoon, i was walking in Lisbon downtown trying to take some street photos as I usually do on sundays. I was passing nearby a restaurant facing the river when i saw this couple. Suddenly the girl stood up and kissed the boy. She made my day and for sure his day as well!
I took this photo in the subway of Montreal, I think it was last september.
I saw these lovers kissing just while a subway went away. I shot and here it is.
I was walking down Via del Corso in Rome on a sunday afternoon in april 2014. I saw two boys hugging each other. One of the boys pursed his lips towards a passing girl and she gave him this kiss. Just a glimpse of something that lasted for few seconds.
"This is in Toulouse at a club called Le Bikini taken a few days before I put it on here. It was a Goth / alternative night with a stage show as well , The photo on the wall was an EXPO by someone. The two girls were making out pretty heavily, no one cared, and they didn't seem to notice me taken their photo.. I do really love this photo. I don't know the photographer who took the pictures on the wall, but it makes it for me..."