Alfred Eisenstaedt - Essay

Topics: Photography, Adolf Hitler, V–J day in Times Square Pages: 4 (643 words) Published: December 6, 2012
Taylor Hinzie
Mr. Schley
Alfred Eisenstaedt

Eisenstaedt was born in Dirschau in West Prussia, Imperial Germany in 1898.

His family moved to Berlin in 1906. Eisenstaedt was fascinated by photography

from his youth and began taking pictures at age 14 when he was given his first

camera, an Eastman Kodak Folding Camera with roll film. Eisenstaedt served in

the German Army's artillery during World War I, and was wounded in 1918.

While working as a belt and button salesman in the 1920s in Weimar Germany,

Eisenstaedt began taking photographs as a freelancer for the Pacific and Atlantic

Photos' Berlin office in 1928. The office was taken over by Associated Press in 1931.

Professional photographerEisenstaedt successfully became a full-time

photographer in 1929. Four years later he photographed a meeting between

Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini in Italy. Other notable, early pictures by

Eisenstaedt include his depiction of a waiter at the ice rink of the Grand Hotel in

1933. Although initially friendly, Goebbels scowled for the photograph when he

learned that Eisenstaedt was Jewish.Because of oppression in Hitler's Nazi

Germany, Eisenstaedt emigrated to the United States in 1935 where he lived in

Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, for the rest of his life. He worked as a staff

photographer for Life magazine from 1936 to 1972. His photos of news events

and celebrities, such as Dagmar, Sophia Loren and Ernest Hemingway,

appeared on 90 Life covers. Eisenstaedt was awarded the National Medal of

Arts in 1989 by President George Bush in a ceremony on the White House lawn

Martha's VineyardAlfred Eisenstaedt photographing the Clinton family - the last

photos of his life.Eisenstaedt, known as "Eisie" to his close friends, enjoyed his

annual August vacations on the island of Martha's Vineyard for 50 years. During

these summers, he would conduct photographic...
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