Alfred Eisenstaedt: Classical Black & White Photography from Hitler to Marilyn
It’s incredibly difficult to make a selection of Alfred Einsenstaedt’s timeless, classic black & white photography. The German-American photographer (December 6, 1898, August 24, 1995) is most famous for his photo of the couple kissing in the street, in celebration of V-Day. However, most of his pictures, taken with various models of a 35 mm Leica rangefinder camera, are spectacular in some way. Either they’re awesome candid street photos, portraits of celebrities (find Marilyn Monroe, Salvador Dali, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill and Marlene Dietrich all featured below), or they capture impressive moments. Eisenstaedt was born in West Prussia and early on in his career, in 1933, he photographed a meeting between Hitler and Mussolini. Although he was initially friends with Goebbels, the oppression against Jews carried out by the Hitler regime forced Eisenstaedt to relocate to the United states in 1935, where he stayed until the end of his career. His pictures made it to the cover of LIFE magazine 86 times.
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