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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Library program: Photojournalist on accidental masterpieces Thursday

This was the scene in Times Square on VJ Day, the day Japan surrendered in 1945, ending World War II...

... and this is the photograph by a Time magazine photographer
that became the icon of this day in history.
How and why is the subject of Thursday's talk.

Some photographs taken spontaneously have become iconic -- such as the picture of a sailor kissing a passerby in Times Square on V-J Day in 1945 shown above.

The Plainfield Public Library presents New Jersey photojournalist Jim DelGuidice in a free program Thursday that surveys accidental masterpieces captured over the past 150 years.

From a tousled-hair photo of Abraham Lincoln that helped get him elected president to a snapshot of candidate Gary Hart on a yacht that helped sink his presidential run, DelGuidice will explain the image's context, how and why the event happened, and what it was that made the photographer say "Gotcha!"

A lifelong New Jersey resident, DelGuidice has had three books of architectural photography published by Rutgers University Press. He is an adjunct professor at the County College of Morris and at Columbia University. His lectures at Drew University have earned him a share in NJ's Historic Preservaton Awards three times.

The program is free and open to the public and gets under way in the Anne Louise Davis Meeting Room of the Library at 7:00 PM on Thursday (November 17).

The Plainfield Public Library is at Park Avenue and West 8th Street and is an accessible facility. Parking is available in the 8th and 9th Street lots. For more information about library hours and programs, visit the library's website at

  -- Dan Damon [follow]
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