Alfred Eisenstaedt (December 6, 1898 – August 23, 1995) was a German-born American photographer and photojournalist. He began his career in pre-World War II Germany and after moving to the U.S. achieved prominence as a staff photographer for Life Magazine, which featured more than 90 of his pictures on its covers with over 2,500 photo stories published.Among his most famous cover photographs was V-J Day in Times Square, taken during the V-J Day celebration in New York City, showing "an exuberant American sailor kissing a nurse in a dancelike dip [that] summed up the euphoria many Americans felt as the war came to a close." Eisenstaedt was "renowned for his ability to capture memorable images of important people in the news, including statesmen, movie stars and artists" and for his candid photographs, taken with a small 35mm Leica camera and typically with only natural lighting.
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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.
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