Alfred Eisenstaedt

Alfred Eisenstaedt

Alfred Eisenstaedt was a German-born American photographer and photojournalist. He began his career in pre-World War II Germany, and after moving to the U.S., achieved prominence as a staff photographer for Life Magazine which featured more than 90 of his pictures on its covers with over 2,500 photo stories published.

Among his most famous cover photographs was V-J Day in Times Square, taken during the V-J Day celebration in New York City, showing "an exuberant American sailor kissing a nurse in a dancelike dip [that] summed up the euphoria many Americans felt as the war came to a close." Eisenstaedt was "renowned for his ability to capture memorable images of important people in the news, including statesmen, movie stars and artists" and for his candid photographs, taken with a small 35mm Leica camera and typically with only natural lighting

Eisenstaedt on Eisenstaedt

A Self-Portrait

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In pungent, often hilarious remarks, Eisenstaedt tells the story of some of the best-known portraits of our time, making this album a page-turner as well as a unique diary of the man and his century.

Internationally celebrated photojournalist, master of the candid camera, Alfred Eisenstaedt enlivened Life magazine and Associated Press media with memorable pictures for over sixty years. Giving history a face, the more than one hundred photographs especially assembled for this book range from Hitler's Germany to Berlin in 1980, from Hemingway in Cuba to Jack and Jackie Kennedy on Cape Cod, from Marlene Dietrich as a top-hatted star in 1928 to V.J. Day in Times Square, 1945. Ninety-two covers of Life carried photographs by "Eisie," as the irrepressible bantam-size photographer was known, and he traveled worldwide on more than 2,500 assignments. His pungent, often hilarious anecdotes tell how he captured some of the best-known portraits and subjects of our time and make this album a page-turner as well as a unique diary of the man and his century.

With brilliant duotone reproductions and a full chronology of Eisenstaedt's exuberant life, this book will delight the photography lover and the general reader alike. With its gallery of personalities and engaging human-interest subjects, Eisenstaedt on Eisenstaedt evokes the era when press photographers strived to create a universal language-insightful, urbane, sometimes comic, always succinct in content and form. The book is based on interviews with Eisenstaedt by Peter Adam, the British television personality, for the acclaimed BBC TV series, "Great Master Photographers."

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