Victor Jorgensen

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Lt. Victor Jorgensen relaxing in his quarters aboard the USS Lexington (CV-16), ca. 1943
Jorgensen's navy photograph of the V J Day kiss in Times Square
CDR Edward Steichen photographed above the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-16) by Ens Jorgensen, November 1943.
Gerald Ford is the jumper on the left of this 1944 photograph by Victor Jorgensen

Victor Jorgensen is a former Navy photo journalist who probably is most notable for taking a photograph of an impromptu scene in Manhattan on August 14, 1945, but from a different angle and in a less dramatic exposure than that of a photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Both photographs were of the same V-J Day embrace of a woman in a white dress by a sailor. Eisenstaedt's better known photograph, V–J day in Times Square was published in Life.

On the day after the images were taken by the two photographers, the one taken by Jorgensen was published in the New York Times.[1] His photograph, which was taken while he was on duty, is retained in the national archives. A copy of it is displayed to the right.

World War II photographer[edit]

Jorgensen was one of the initial six photographers recruited by Cmdr Edward Steichen (shown at right) for his Naval Aviation Photographic Unit in 1942.[2]

Jorgensen toured around the world during World War II taking photographs for the military. While aboard the USS Monterey (CVL-26) he captured Navy pilots in the forward elevator well of the ship playing basketball during June 1944. That photograph is displayed below and one of the subjects, the jumper of the left, is Gerald Ford, who later became the president of the United States upon the resignation of Richard Nixon.[3][4]


  1. ^ Marshall Berman (March / April issue 2007). "COLUMBIA FORUM: Everyman in Times Square". COLUMBIA FORUM. Retrieved 2007-09-24. They were also photographed at just about the same moment, from a slightly different (and less exciting) angle, by U.S. Navy photographer Victor Jorgensen; Jorgensen’s photo was reprinted in the next day’s New York Times.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ Faces of War: The Untold Story of Edward Steichen's WWII Photographers, pg. 48, Mark D. Faram, Berkeley Caliber, New York, New York, 2009, ISBN 978-0-425-22140-2
  3. ^ "President Gerald R. Ford". US Navy. 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  4. ^ "World War II Photographs". militaryunits. 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-09. WW2042 "Activities aboard USS MONTEREY. Navy pilots in the forward elevator well playing basketball." Jumper at left identified as Gerald R. Ford. Attributed to Lt. Victor Jorgensen, circa June/July 1944. 80--G--417628