Alfred Eisenstaedt

About Him

Alfred Eisenstaedt was born in West Prussia, Germany in 1898 and died in 1995 in Massachusetts. He started taking pictures when he got his first camera at age 14. He served in the German Army but got wounded in 1918 and had to stop. He got his education at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Six years after Hitler's rise to power he emigrated to the United States. He started to work as a full time photographer in 1929 and worked at a magazine with Margaret Bourke-White, Thomas McAvoy and Peter Stackpole.

Photography- "Keep it simple"

Eisenstaedt is one of the most famous photo-journalists worldwide. He is well-known for his photographs of celebrities and important historical events. He was able to tell a whole story and show emotions with just one picture he took. His tricks are using natural lighting and letting the people be themselves without trying to make them do poses they don't feel comfortable in. Eisenstaedt used Diagonals to create a focus in his works.
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Marilyn Monroe, Hollywood, 1953