A Photo And a Story

This is a story of a statue that was built based on a photo, so you could say this is a story of a statue of a photo.
I think i already wrote something about this statue but i am not sure and it takes to much time to dig in the mountain of pages i have written so here goes again.

George Mendonsa was a uniformed sailor in the US navy when he was photographed kissing a woman in a nurse’s uniform on 14 August 1945, the day Japan surrendered. The photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt was published in Life magazine and became one of the most famous images of the 20th century.
The nurse was Greta Zimmer Friedman (born Grete Sara Zimmer; June 5, 1924 – September 8, 2016) was an Austrian-born American who was photographed being grabbed and kissed by Navy sailor, George Mendonsa (1923–2019) in the iconic V-J Day in Times Square photograph of 1945 by Life magazine photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt.
The 25 foot tall statue was made by artist Seward Johnson
The 7-ton bronze statuedesigned by artist Seward Johnson, was created in New Jersey and transported to San Diego on a flatbed truck.

Who was the photographer of the kissing sailor?

Alfred Eisenstaedt (December 6, 1898 – August 23, 1995) was a German-born American photographer and photojournalist. He began his career in Germany prior to World War II but achieved prominence as a staff photographer

for Life magazine after moving to the U.S. Life featured more than 90 of his pictures on its covers, and more than 2,500 of his photo stories were published.