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Eisenstaedt, Alfred (1898 - 1995)

Alfred Eisenstaedt began working in his native country, Germany, before fleeing the Nazi regime and settling in the United States, in 1935. He began working for Life magazine from its debut, in 1936, (until the publication ceased being printed weekly in 1972) and produced more than 2500 pictures stories and 90 covers that combined the freshness and tenderness of his personal work alongside a very American precision. Capturing workers, children or dancers, the German  photographer yet excelled in celebrity portraiture from an intimidating glaring Joseph Goebbels (‘the eyes of hate’) to a sensual Sophia Loren while he depicted memorable moments. Still his most famous photograph is not of a star but the symbol of America’s celebration of the end of World War II. On the 14th August 1945, Alfred Eisenstaedt immortalized an exuberant American sailor kissing passionately a nurse in Times Square - so iconic that artist Vik Muniz produced a drawing of the photograph entirely from memory. A jubilant image, some contemporary women yet accused it of consecrating sexual assault - the sailor was drunk and didn’t know the nurse whom he had just vigorously grabbed - thus destroying its glamorous identity. Gladly the protagonist restored the picture’s aura by admitting she had been annoyed by the gesture but not offended and had even remained in contact with the sailor her entire life: it doesn’t take much to change the entire meaning of visual material.

Tags / Alfred Eisenstaedt - German Photographer - Celebrity - Humanism - 1940s
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Two young women at window, Paris, France, 1963
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Two young women at window, Paris, France, 1963
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Dog walking in Central Park, NYC, 1964
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Dog walking in Central Park, NYC, 1964
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Kissing Shadows, 1930
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Kissing Shadows, 1930
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Lumberyard, Seattle, Washington, 1937
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Lumberyard, Seattle, Washington, 1937
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Little Boy Selling Coca-Cola at Roadside, Atlanta, GA, 1936
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Little Boy Selling Coca-Cola at Roadside, Atlanta, GA, 1936
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Lilly Dache, 1937
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Lilly Dache, 1937
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Siesta on the Right Bank of the River Seine, Paris, 1964
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Siesta on the Right Bank of the River Seine, Paris, 1964
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Sophia Loren in
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Sophia Loren in "Madame", 1961
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Thomas Hart Benton Paints
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Thomas Hart Benton Paints "The Rape of Persephone", 1938
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Ballerinas at the Grand Opera, 1930
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Ballerinas at the Grand Opera, 1930
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Swan Lake Rehearsals, Opera de Paris, 1930
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Swan Lake Rehearsals, Opera de Paris, 1930
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Katharine Hepburn models one of her many costumes from the play
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Katharine Hepburn models one of her many costumes from the play "The Philadelphia Story", 1939
Alfred Eisenstaedt, General Electric Turbine Plant, 1948
Alfred Eisenstaedt, General Electric Turbine Plant, 1948
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Ernest Hemingway, Cuba, 1952
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Ernest Hemingway, Cuba, 1952
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Augustus John, Hampshire, England, 1951
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Augustus John, Hampshire, England, 1951
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Drum Major at the University of Michigan, 1950
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Drum Major at the University of Michigan, 1950
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Chianti Flasks in the Storeroom of the Bottling Plant of Barone Ricasoli Vineyards at Brolio, Near Siena, Italy, 1947
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Chianti Flasks in the Storeroom of the Bottling Plant of Barone Ricasoli Vineyards at Brolio, Near Siena, Italy, 1947
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Children at a Puppet Theatre, 1963
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Children at a Puppet Theatre, 1963
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Bette Davis, Hollywood, California, 1938
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Bette Davis, Hollywood, California, 1938
Alfred Eisenstaedt, A Soldier's Farewell, Penn Station, Woman with Handkerchief, 1944
Alfred Eisenstaedt, A Soldier's Farewell, Penn Station, Woman with Handkerchief, 1944
Alfred Eisenstaedt, An American Block, Hamilton, OH, 1943
Alfred Eisenstaedt, An American Block, Hamilton, OH, 1943
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Ice Skating Waiter, St. Moritz, Switzerland, 1932
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Ice Skating Waiter, St. Moritz, Switzerland, 1932
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Premiere at La Scala, Milan, Italy, 1934
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Premiere at La Scala, Milan, Italy, 1934
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Nurses at Roosevelt Hospital, New York City, 1937
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Nurses at Roosevelt Hospital, New York City, 1937
Alfred Eisenstaedt, V-J Day in Times Square, 1945
Alfred Eisenstaedt, V-J Day in Times Square, 1945
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Waiters Watching Sonya Henie Skate, St. Moritz, 1932
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Waiters Watching Sonya Henie Skate, St. Moritz, 1932
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Marilyn Monroe, 1953
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Marilyn Monroe, 1953
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Marilyn Monroe, 1953
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Marilyn Monroe, 1953
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Marilyn Monroe, 1953
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Marilyn Monroe, 1953
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Winston Churchill, Liverpool, 1951
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Winston Churchill, Liverpool, 1951
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Intermission: The American Ballet, 1937
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Intermission: The American Ballet, 1937
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Egyptian Fishing Boats, Suarez Canal near Port Said, 1935
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Egyptian Fishing Boats, Suarez Canal near Port Said, 1935
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Sophia Loren Drinking Water from a Spigot, Italy, 1961
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Sophia Loren Drinking Water from a Spigot, Italy, 1961
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Trees in Snow, 1947
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Trees in Snow, 1947
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Farewell of Servicemen, Clock at Penn Station, New York, 1943
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Farewell of Servicemen, Clock at Penn Station, New York, 1943
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