Kissing the War Goodbye, Times Square, May 8th, 1945

Kissing the War Goodbye, Times Square, May 8th, 1945

Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt was born in Germany in 1898. His first assignment, a photographic report of the Nobel Prize being awarded to Thomas Mann in 1929, earned him early recognition.

In the following years, while still living in Germany, his portraits of high-profile personalities such as Marlene Dietrich, George Bernard Shaw, Joseph Goebbels, Hitler and Mussolini brought him further photographic recognition.

He went on to work for the Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung and other tabloids in Berlin and Paris.

Eisenstaedt, who was Jewish, emigrated to America in 1935, where he began working for Harpers Bazaar, Vogue, Town and Country and, from 1936, for Life magazine.

It was chiefly Eisenstaedt’s photographs of people that earned him a place in photographic history.

One of his most famous photographs is VJ-Day, a grab shot of a spontaneous kiss during a victory parade of sailors in New York’s Times Square at the end of World War II.

Eisenstaedt is regarded as a pioneer of available light photography, dispensing where possible with flash photography and using simple, unobtrusive camera gear.


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Author Ernest Hemingway in Fishing Village
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Leonard Bernstein Conducting Rehearsal of NY Philharmonic in Hindemith's "Mathis de Mahler"

Leonard Bernstein Conducting Rehearsal of NY Philharmonic

Tchaikovsky Competition Winner Van Cliburn
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Professor Norbert Wiener, American Mathematician Who Founded Cybernetics, in Classroom at MIT
Prof Norbert Wiener, American Mathematician who Founded Cybernetics

See also Marilyn Monroe by Alfred Eisenstaedt, and these fine Alfred Eisenstaedt Fine Art Prints.

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