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This article is based on this italian article by Michele Smargiassi: smargiassi-michele.blogautore.…

"In some way, a photo is like a stolen kiss. In fact a kiss is always stolen, even if the woman is consenting. With a photograph it’s the same: always stolen, and still slightly consenting" (Edouard Boubat). 


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). 

File:Legendary kiss V–J day in Times Square Alfred Eisenstaedt.jpg
photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt


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.  


photo by Rich Lam

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

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Last but not least here are some beautiful kisses stolen by dA's street photographers, and some of the stories behind them...

let me kiss by arslanalp
by Alphan Yilmazmaden :iconarslanalp:
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


Love Under Rain by ZiaulKareem
by Ziaul Kareem :iconziaulkareem:
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.

30 degrees Celsius by JACAC
by José Calheiros :iconjacac:
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!

Ghost lover by cameraflou
by :iconcameraflou:
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.

Kissing Boy, Kissing Girl by sandas04
by :iconsandas04:
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.


kiss me by the crippled guy by fuxs
by :iconfuxs:

Love in Paris by veftenie
by :iconveftenie:


Dark-0248 by ggrranpa
by :iconggrranpa:
"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..."
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FrancescaDelfino Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Una feature davvero stupenda, credo che sia una delle mie preferite, davvero bella :clap:
Complimenti hai raccolto delle immagini fantastiche!
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IFedorovskaya Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful images and stories...
but personally I can't take images of kissing people... every time I see couple I think - "it would be a great image" and pass by... don't know why :)
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
I know what you mean, it happens the same to me. Though I would be proud if I had taken one of the images above :D
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IFedorovskaya Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
absolutely! me too! these images are so great!
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djailledie Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Shall I say that every time I am about to shoot a couple kissing, I slap my right hand with my left hand and don't shoot? I feel that it is too easy to get attention with a kiss street image. Of course, there are exceptions, and your selection is excellent in that regard. 
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
Yes, I avoid couples as well, or I take the photo only if there is something 'more' than the kiss. Though I would be proud if I had taken one of the photos above :D
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djailledie Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That's for sure!
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NunoFigueira Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
:clap: love this journal
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
thank you for reading!
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NunoFigueira Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
it was a pleasure :hug:
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