Alfred Eisenstaedt  (American, 1898-1995) 

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Alfred Eisenstaedt (American, 1898–1995) was a German-born photographer, originally from West Prussia (currently Poland). He studied at Berlin University from 1913 until 1916, and served in the army between 1916 and 1918. After World War I, Eisenstaedt made a living by working as a belt and button salesman in Berlin. A self-taught photographer, he was given his first camera at the age of 14. In 1927, he worked as a photographer for the Berliner Tageblatt and sold his first images to Der Weltspiegel, a publication for which he also worked on a freelance basis. In 1928, Eisenstaedt photographed Marlene Dietrich in Berlin while she was filming Der Blaue Engel. By 1935, Eisenstaedt moved to the United States, where he worked as a photojournalist for American publications, including Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, and LIFE. Throughout his 60-year career, Eisenstaedt photographed celebrities, politicians, historical figures, and events, and regularly employed a candid, or unposed, technique. One of his most iconic and reproduced works is VJ Day, The Kiss (1945), which captured the image of a sailor embracing a nurse in a white dress as they celebrated the end of World War II, in New York's Times Square. In addition to gracing the covers of 92 issues of LIFE magazine, Eisenstaedt's photographs have been exhibited at many prestigious institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Philadelphia College of Art, and the International Center of Photography in New York.

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Alfred Eisenstaedt, Ice Skating Waiter

 

Alfred Eisenstaedt
Ice Skating Waiter
1932

Gallery M
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Katharine Hepburn, New York City

 

Alfred Eisenstaedt
Katharine Hepburn, New York City
1938

Kiechel Fine Art
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Little Boy Selling Coca Cola at Roadside, Atlanta, GA

 

Alfred Eisenstaedt
Little Boy Selling Coca Cola at Roadside, Atlanta, GA
1936

Jackson Fine Art
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Children at Puppet Theater

 

Alfred Eisenstaedt
Children at Puppet Theater
1963

Contessa Gallery
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Premiere at La Scala

 

Alfred Eisenstaedt
Premiere at La Scala
1933

Contessa Gallery
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Ballerinas at the Grand Opera

 

Alfred Eisenstaedt
Ballerinas at the Grand Opera
1930

Contessa Gallery
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Ice Skating Waiter

 

Alfred Eisenstaedt
Ice Skating Waiter
1932

Contessa Gallery
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Drum Major

 

Alfred Eisenstaedt
Drum Major
1950

Contessa Gallery
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Chianti Flasks in the Storeroom of the Bottling Plant of Barone Ricasoli Vineyards at Brolio, Near Siena, Italy

 

Alfred Eisenstaedt
Chianti Flasks in the Storeroom of the Bottling Plant of Barone Ricasoli Vineyards at Brolio, Near Siena, Italy
1947

Contessa Gallery
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Alfred Eisenstaedt, Mussolini parlant à Venise face à une foule de 100 000 personnes

 

Alfred Eisenstaedt
Mussolini parlant à Venise face à une foule de 100 000 personnes, 1934
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Alfred Eisenstaedt, County fair midway performers

 

Alfred Eisenstaedt
County fair midway performers, 1939
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Alfred Eisenstaedt, V-J Day in Times Square

 

Alfred Eisenstaedt
V-J Day in Times Square, 1945
gelatin silver print

 

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  New York Honor for Arts and Culture New York, NY
  Master's Award, ICP New York, NY
  Photographs Clinton Family Martha's Vineyard, MA
  Born, Dec. 6 West Prussia
  Joins Life Magazine New York, NY
  Lifetime Achievement Award, ASMP
2013   Pancho - FMoPA - Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa, FL
2012   Women - Staley-Wise Gallery, New York City, NY
American Photography - Flo Peters Gallery , Hamburg
2011   Camera Works Masters in Photography - Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC
Moments of our Time - Atlas Gallery, London (England)
2010   The Adventure of Reality International Realism - Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam
Art of Caring - A Look at Life through photography - Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, OH
Realismus - Das Abenteuer der Wirklichkeit - Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich
2009   Icons - Galerie Stephen Hoffman, Munich
Glitz & Grime: Photographs of Times Square - Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York City, NY
Sexy and the City - New York Photographs - Yossi Milo Gallery, New York City, NY
The art of caring: A Look at Life Though Photography - New Orleans Museum of Art NOMA, New Orleans, LA
25th Anniversary Celebration - Laurence Miller Gallery, New York City, NY
2008   Vintages & Originalphotographien - Galerie Stephen Hoffman, Munich
2007   Alfred Eisenstaedt - Michael Hoppen Gallery, London (England)
Alfred Eisenstaedt - Father of Photojournalism - Contessa Gallery, Cleveland, OH
2006   The Eye of Eisenstaedt, Monroe Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe, NM
2004   Witness of the 20th.Century - Galerie Stephen Hoffman, Munich
2002   Alfred Eisenstaedt . Photographien 1927-1980 - C/O Berlin, Berlin
1999   Gallery M, The Father of LIFE's Modern Photojournalism
1998   A Retrospective on the Anniversary of His 100th Birthday, SoHo Triad Fine Arts New York, NY
1995   Alfred Eisenstaedt: In Memoriam - ICP - International Center of Photography, New York City, NY
1990   Eisenstaedt: Remembrances - ICP - International Center of Photography, New York City, NY
1986   Retrospective, International Center of Photography New York, NY
Alfred Eisenstaedt: Eisie at 88 - ICP - International Center of Photography, New York City, NY
1981   Eisenstaedt: Germany - ICP - International Center of Photography, New York City, NY
1980   Eisenstaedt - Germany, International Center of Photography New York, NY
1975   Witness to Our Times-Alfred Eisenstaedt Photographs - Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
1966   Witness to Our Time, Time-Life Building New York, NY
1961   Alfred Eisenstaedt Photos: Witness to His Times - Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
1954   International Museum of Photography