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Couple sharing farewell embrace in Penn Station

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Couple sharing farewell embrace in Penn Station

Alfred Eisenstaedt, American (born Germany), (December 6, 1898–August 23, 1995)

Creation date: 1943
Creation place: United States

Other Information

Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print
Credit Line: Gift of Wanda and Cam Garner
Accession Number: 2009.207
State/Province: NY
Dimensions: 7 1/2 in. x 7 3/4 in. (19.05 cm x 19.69 cm)

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Life and Legacy 2019:
These three pictures were published in a Life photo-essay entitled A Soldier’s Farewell. In it, brief captions recount the “great and unconvincing show of being casual” and that “the look of goodbye hides nothing…what the people feel…shows clearly on their faces.”

The center image depicts the same couple featured on the cover of the April 19, 1943, issue of Life in the adjacent display case.  The young woman depicted with “clear-eyed courage” in the first photograph has here become emotional as she sends off her new husband—they had married just four days prior.
Last Updated: 3/13/2019


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Women, War and Industry The San Diego Museum of Art , 10/19/2013 - 2/18/2014

Alfred Eisenstaedt: Life and Legacy San Diego Museum of Art , 4/12/2019 - 7/14/2019

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