Alfred Eisenstaedt(1898-1995), Photographer
Artist of 6 portraits
A German-born American photographer, educated in Berlin, Eisenstaedt brought considerable intellect to bear on what was still thought of as a humble occupation. ‘Eisie’ was a pioneer of the use of miniature cameras, first the Ermanox then the Leica; he advocated natural light and the ‘picture essay’. He learnt his craft working for Weltspiegel and Berliner illustrirte, and upon emigrating to the USA in 1935, he became one of only four original staffers on Life magazine, winning numerous awards for his memorable images. Referred to as one of the founding fathers of photojournalism, he completed around 2500 photo-essays and ninety cover photographs for the magazine.