Alfred Eisenstaedt’s image of a sailor kissing a woman he did not know in New York's Times Square to celebrate Japan's surrender in 1945 demonstrates the power of the compact 35mm camera to capture impromptu moments.
Photojournalist Alfred Eisenstaedt with two of the Leica cameras he used until his death in 1988.
Compact 35mm cameras
- The German company Leitz investigated using 35mm movie film in a compact camera capable of making high-quality enlargements.
- He built the prototype Leica around 1913; World War I delayed development for several years.
- Leitz test-marketed the design in 1923 and 1924 and put it into production as the Leica I in 1925.
- The Leica and its competitors cemented the position of 35mm as the format of choice for compact cameras.