I/Eye: On Photography

Copenhagen 1945

Posted in Other Photographers, portraits by Sheila Newbery on January 2, 2010

Jørgen Juncker Jensen was a photographer with the US Army Signal Corps during the Second World War;  as a member of the US military, he could not make contact with his family in Copenhagen during the war without putting their lives in jeopardy.  This wonderful portrait was taken by Jensen the day he was reunited with his mother: she is shown taking obvious pleasure in her first American cigarette. She was a bold figure for the time, in her  mannish coat and hat, and she’s clearly drawing some attention from the far corner of the café…

Copenhagen 1945 © Cole-Madden (reproduced with permission; print from the original negative by Dennis Cole)

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