Is This the Happiest Photo Ever Made?
The sad destiny of countless great photographs is that, as the decades pass, the pictures are increasingly in danger of losing their ability to stun, shock, inspire, delight. In short, to move us. We’ve seen them reproduced so many times—in books, on postcards, in gallery and museum shows—that the images can sometimes assume that most staid and harmless of traits: they become familiar.
And when has the familiar stunned, shocked, inspired or delighted anyone?
It’s worthwhile, then, to occasionally make the effort to step back and try to experience famous photographs as if encountering them for the first time. The question then becomes: Are we capable of seeing—really seeing, with wholly fresh eyes—the most celebrated, readily identifiable pictures ever made?
Take the photograph featured here. Most of us have come upon it many, many times throughout our lives. But when was the last time any of us really saw it?…
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