Alfred Eisenstaedt People Portraits
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.
Actress Lauren Bacall Smoking a Cigarette on Film Set
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