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Alfred Eisenstaedt

American photographer, born Germany

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
Eisenstaedt was only 13 years old when he began taking photographs, and began practicing photography as a hobby. His first major assignment was photographing Thomas Mann receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1929. During those years he became famous for his portraits, among them, Marlene Dietrich, George Bernard Shaw, Hitler, and Mussolini. Eisenstaedt came to America in 1935 and began working for "Harper's Bazaar," "Vogue," and "Town and County" magazines. He also did photojournalist work for "Life" magazine up until 1972. His photograph "V-Day," a snapshot of a soldier passionately kissing a young woman is among one of the most famous images of World War II.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500059996.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to Alfred Eisenstaedt:

Alfred Eisenstaedt Ballet Dancers in a Dressing Room, ca. 1982-1984 Gelatin silver print
Alfred Eisenstaedt Sailor Kissing Girl, V-J Day at Times Square, New York City, August, 1945 (printed 1976) Gelatin silver print
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