African American sharecropper saying his evening prayers as he kneels at bedside at home., 1936
Mother and Child in Hiroshima, Four Months After the Atomic Bomb Dropped
Marilyn Monroe, Hollywood, 1953
V-J Day in Times Square, New York, August 14, 1945 (Time Inc)
At age 14 Alfred Eisenstaedt receives an Eastman Kodak No. 3 folding camera from his uncle. That leads to his passion and life long love of photography. He entered the military at 17 years old, back then that was normal. But he ends up suffering from injuries in both legs, and was sent home to to recover for a year. During this time he dived deeper into photography, Alfred went to museums and learned the techniques of light and composition.
In his early career Alfred began working as a belt and button salesman in the 1920s. Then became a freelance photographer for the Pacific and Atlantic Photos' Berlin office in 1928. Growing up he was greatly influenced by Erich Saloman. in 1929 he became a full time photographer, one of his first major projects during 1930, was covering the rise of Adolf Hitler. By 1935 he had migrated to the United States and would stay for the rest of his life. He was later employed by LIFE magazine and enjoyed working there until 1972. Over time he created over 2,500 photo-essays and 90 of his photographs were on front covers of the magazine.
He is famous for the great photos he took, and how they appeared on covers of magazines. His most famous photo was "V-J Day in Times Square". That photo was iconic and meant a lot to people of the war WW2. And was awarded the National Medal of Arts by president George Bush in 1989.