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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.

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George Bernard Shaw, by Alfred Eisenstaedt - NPG P2027

George Bernard Shaw

by Alfred Eisenstaedt
bromide print, 1932
NPG P2027

Somerset Maugham, by Alfred Eisenstaedt - NPG P2030

Somerset Maugham

by Alfred Eisenstaedt
bromide print, 1942
NPG P2030

Christopher Fry, by Alfred Eisenstaedt - NPG P2028

Christopher Fry

by Alfred Eisenstaedt
bromide print, 1951
NPG P2028

Augustus John, by Alfred Eisenstaedt - NPG P2029

Augustus John

by Alfred Eisenstaedt
bromide print, 1951
NPG P2029

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, by Alfred Eisenstaedt - NPG P2032

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell

by Alfred Eisenstaedt
bromide print, 1951
NPG P2032

Charlie Chaplin, by Alfred Eisenstaedt - NPG P2031

Charlie Chaplin

by Alfred Eisenstaedt
bromide print, 1966
NPG P2031

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