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IN Photography ON 03 Jan, 2016
There is a lot one can speak in words, and they have known to turn the tides of time every now and then. But when cellluloid came into picture, a lot more was added to the art of revolution for their is nothing more appealing/revealing than the act of humans themselves.
One such ancient act of love is 'Kiss'. And being physical and sexual as well, it has sparked controversies, evil/unholy refrences and so much more throughout history. Yet it has never failed to be a symbol of love and passion and love has always changed the world for good.
You in Your Small Corner, a British teleplay in 1962 aired a kiss that supposedly happened in Brixton, a place known for its hosting of a lot of cultural diversity. Symbolic, it was shot in a studio, though.
Claiming to be the first interracial kiss to be aired (1968) until the former was unearthed from the archives, it was such an invitation to controversies that the Director himself was reluctant in airing it.
Initially, the iconic photograph was thought to be staged but later a CCTV footage was found that proved otherwise. Meanwhile, the photograph already had gained worldwide popularity.
It was taken while photographer Robert Doisneau was capturing around in Paris. It actually was published a lot later and landed him in two lawsuits, which led to the revelation of the staging the photograph. Later it still sold for 242 grand.
When the US Military lifted its 'don't ask, don't tell' policy, their till then secret relationship was set free. Though not intending to attract attention, Marissa, Petty Officer Second Class returned after 80 days in sea to Citlalic, Petty Officer Third Class, shared the first kiss in public and became iconic.
Commissioned in 1888 and sculpted soon after, this statue represents the couple who were condemned to hell because of their affectionate kiss and death in the hands of her husband in Dante's Divine Comedy.
Also known as the Fraternity Kiss, this was taken during the 30th Anniversary of the Foundation of the German Republic.
This and many other photographs from the war times showed the cruelty of war against love. These images were intensely used and still are used to protest against wars and violence.
Although, the first homosexual couple got married in Netherlands in 2001, it was in 2013 that the first gay marriage was commenced in France under extreme security against yet extreme anti-gay-marriage movement.
Victory over Japan was celebrated with the end of World War II and this photograph later went on to become the symbol or rather make the act the symbol of celebration and joy.