“In a photograph a person’s eyes tell much, sometimes they tell all.” – Alfred Eisenstaedt
“I dream that someday the step between my mind and my finger will no longer be needed. And that simply by blinking my eyes, I shall make pictures. Then, I think, I shall really have become a photographer.” – Alfred Eisenstaedt
“It’s more important to click with people than to click the shutter.” – Alfred Eisenstaedt
“I enjoy traveling and recording far-away places and people with my camera. But I also find it wonderfully rewarding to see what I can discover outside my own window. You only need to study the scene with the eyes of a photographer.” – Alfred Eisenstaedt
“My style hasn’t changed much in all these sixty years. I still use, most of the time, existing light and try not to push people around. I have to be as much a diplomat as a photographer. People don’t often take me seriously because I carry so little equipment and make so little fuss… I never carried a lot of equipment. My motto has always been, “Keep it simple.” – Alfred Eisenstaedt
Born in West Prussia, Alfred Eisenstaedt (1898-1995) was inseparable from his camera ever since he was gifted one aged thirteen.
In 1928 he began his photographic career at the agency Pacific Atlantic Photos’ Berlin, capturing key figures such as Hitler and Mussolini.
He later moved to New York, where he spent the next five decades photographing for LIFE magazine, his images appearing on more than eighty covers. He was an extremely influential photographer and has since been called the ‘Father of Photojournalism’.
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