Photo Study – Arthur Esse – Albert Einstein

Preston, England
November 25, 2015 9:08am CST
For years, I saw this iconic image on T-shirts, posters and postcards. I thought it had been faked and photoshopped but I recently discovered that it is wonderfully real. We have all done what Einstein does here – we see a camera pointing at us so we pull funny faces, gurn and stick our tongue out at the camera. We see lots of camera phone images of friends goofing about like this, convinced that they look cool. It’s refreshing therefore to see the great Relativity scientist clowning around like this – he turns a fairly routine paparazzi shot of himself from 1951 into an instant classic – an ageing genius just having fun, not caring one jot about anything. It’s hard to imagine this as the man who discovered E = MC 2 but here he is – fabulous. Arthur Chappell
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@Plethos (5432)
• United States
25 Nov 15
yeah, as said already, Einstein was known to have a great sense of humor. not only did he do math, but he did jokes.
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• Australia
24 Dec 15
Of course, we all have our various character quirks too I guess. Einstein liked music and played the violin. He also liked to smoke, but then again most people did in those days too, even Freud the psychologist, and Jung too. I guess they were smart enough in their own field, but still pretty dumb in others, where they never really thought about what they were doing. We are all like that too, at times.
• Preston, England
24 Dec 15
@innertalks I just do the dumb - not found my area of genius yet
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@Plethos (5432)
• United States
26 Dec 15
@arthurchappell - maybe you have a masters in dumba$$ery and just dont know it. i know i do.
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@Dalane (705)
• United States
25 Nov 15
That's a great photo. It's a shame that many young people only know him from that photo and not his ground-breaking work.
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• Preston, England
27 Nov 15
yes, the serious side of his work is what matters of course or the photo would be meaningless
@DWDavis (10916)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
25 Nov 15
I have heard that Einstein had a good sense of humor and while he took his work seriously, he didn't take himself too seriously.
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• Preston, England
25 Nov 15
it certainly shows in this image of him.
@innertalks (2985)
• Australia
22 Dec 15
He had a long tongue it seems. Yes, I also thought that photo had been doctored a bit. Apparently he did have a great sense of humour too. He said this once: "Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves. "
@Jessicalynnt (47938)
• Centralia, Missouri
25 Nov 15
I have always loved that photo of him
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@IreneVincent (15864)
• United States
25 Nov 15
Yes, I've seen this photo before. It is an interesting photo of Einstein. He must have had a good sense of humor and most SMART people do, I think.
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@inertia4 (26748)
• United States
25 Nov 15
Even famous people that are supposed to be serious have a human side. We all do. It is great to see Einstein having fun with the camera. Goofy is always good.
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