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LIFE Photojournalist
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German-born Jewish American
photojournalist
Began taking photos at age 14
Served in German army during WWI
Freela...
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Became a full-time
photographer in 1929
Notable early photos:
 Hitler and Mussolini
 Waiter on Ice Skates
 Joseph ...
Hitler and Mussolini
Waiter on Ice Skates
“In 1933, I traveled to Lausanne and
Geneva for the fifteenth session of the
League of Nations. There, sitting in the
hote...
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Brooklyn, New York
One of the first four staff photographers for
LIFE magazine (1936-72)
 The others were Margaret B...
“Once she achieved a certain level
of fame, gossip columnists began
writing about Cynthia as if she were
a living, breathi...
“Maybe, just maybe, we’re all dummies.” –Life.com
VJ day, 1945

Eisenstaedt saw a sailor running
around Times Square trying to grab
any girl in sight…and thus an iconic
pho...
The drum major for the University of Michigan
marching band rehearses as admiring children fall in
line, 1950.

“Like so m...
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PBS Documentary
The “quintessential” Life photographer –
NYTimes obituary
Awards/honors:
 Presidential Medal of Ar...
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Documentary
Humanity
Culture
Emotions

 Line/geometry
 High contrast
 Black and white

1938, County Fair
Alfred Eisenstadt
Alfred Eisenstadt
Alfred Eisenstadt
Alfred Eisenstadt
Alfred Eisenstadt
Alfred Eisenstadt
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Alfred Eisenstadt

  1. 1. LIFE Photojournalist
  2. 2.     German-born Jewish American photojournalist Began taking photos at age 14 Served in German army during WWI Freelance photographer for Pacific and Atlantic Photos’ Berlin office (later taken over by the Associated Press)
  3. 3.   Became a full-time photographer in 1929 Notable early photos:  Hitler and Mussolini  Waiter on Ice Skates  Joseph Goebbels In London, 1932 (age 34)
  4. 4. Hitler and Mussolini
  5. 5. Waiter on Ice Skates
  6. 6. “In 1933, I traveled to Lausanne and Geneva for the fifteenth session of the League of Nations. There, sitting in the hotel garden, was Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s minister of propaganda. He smiles, but not at me. He was looking at someone to my left…. Suddenly he spotted me and I snapped him. His expression changed. Here are the eyes of hate. Was I an enemy? Behind him is his private secretary, Walter Naumann, with the goatee, and Hitler’s interpreter, Dr. Paul Schmidt…. I have been asked how I felt photographing these men. Naturally, not so good, but when I have a camera in my hand I know no fear.” – Alfred Eisenstadt
  7. 7.   Brooklyn, New York One of the first four staff photographers for LIFE magazine (1936-72)  The others were Margaret Bourke-White, Thomas McAvoy and Peter Stackpole   Stayed on staff until the magazine closed in 1972 90 covers
  8. 8. “Once she achieved a certain level of fame, gossip columnists began writing about Cynthia as if she were a living, breathing socialite. When partygoers tried to engage the mannequin in conversation, Gaba begged off by claiming she was suffering from a touch of laryngitis.”
  9. 9. “Maybe, just maybe, we’re all dummies.” –Life.com
  10. 10. VJ day, 1945 Eisenstaedt saw a sailor running around Times Square trying to grab any girl in sight…and thus an iconic photo was snapped
  11. 11. The drum major for the University of Michigan marching band rehearses as admiring children fall in line, 1950. “Like so many of Alfred Eisenstaedt’s most famous photographs, this one flirts with sentimentality — but avoids that ignoble fate by virtue of its energy, and its immediacy. This is not a depiction of manufactured emotion, but a masterfully framed instant of authentic, explosive spirit.” -Ben Cosgrove,Editor of LIFE.com
  12. 12.    PBS Documentary The “quintessential” Life photographer – NYTimes obituary Awards/honors:  Presidential Medal of Arts  Infinity Master of Photography Award, given by the International Center of Photography  1951 "Photographer of the Year" by the Encyclopedia Britannica and the University of Missouri School of Journalism
  13. 13.     Documentary Humanity Culture Emotions  Line/geometry  High contrast  Black and white 1938, County Fair

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