Famous Photographer: Alfred Eisenstaedt

January 6, 2018 | Author: Anonymous | Category: History, European History, World War II (1939-1945)
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Famous Photographer: Alfred Eisenstaedt

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About Alfred Eisenstaedt 

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Alfred was born December 6, 1898) Dirschau (Tczew), West Prussia, Imperial Germany. He had a natural talent for Photojournalism Eisenstaedt’s family moved to Berlin in 1906. He served in the German Army's artillery during WWI, and got wounded in in 1918. While working as a belt and button salesman in the 1920’s in Germany, Alfred began taking photographs as a freelancer for the Berliner Tageblatt. He was considered the father of Journalism. After he emigrated to the US in 1935 and joined the original photography staff at Life magazine.

His photographer career In time, he was successful enough to become a full-time photographer in 1929. Four years later he photographed a meeting between Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini in Italy. Alfred was one of the first 4 photographers to ever be hired in New York for Life magazine. His work not only came out in Life magazine but as well appeared in many European picture magazines in the 1930s.He would dominate more than 2,500 picture stories and 90 cover photos to the magazine, including outstanding portraits of kings, dictators, film stars, and ordinary people just like me and you. That’s what made him so authentic.

The photo he is most known for is the VJ Day one. With a passion usually reserved for lovers. Even those who didn’t know his name still knew his picture. In my opinion I think that that picture shows love and celebration of our country saying it’s the end of the war. His influence and inspiration came to him what caught his attention was a new camera called the Ermanox invented by fellow German, Erich Salomon. This camera did a lot and was the turning point in his love for picture taking. Eisenstaedt set up his first darkroom in his family's bathroom.

“Children at Puppet Theatre” , 1963

His most recognized and famous photo. A sailor kissing a woman on V-J Day taken at the heart of Times Square named “The Kiss” in 1945.

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One of his images was published on the cover of the second issue of Life, and he went on to become the leading Life photographer. He was established as one of the first and most important photojournalists. His friends called him, "Eisie.“ His father owned a department store and made an above-average living for his family. His uncle gave him a camera for his 14th birthday, but Eisenstaedt quickly lost interest in it. Eisenstaedt graduated from the Hohenzollern Gymnasium in Berlin. He was drafted to go to the war in 1916 for the German army. Eisenstaedt was injured and almost lost his legs in the war. ten years he sold buttons and belts.

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