14 Facts About Alfred Eisenstaedt


Alfred Eisenstaedt was a German-born American photographer and photojournalist.


Alfred Eisenstaedt began his career in Germany prior to World War II but achieved prominence as a staff photographer for Life magazine after moving to the US Life featured more than 90 of his pictures on its covers, and more than 2,500 of his photo stories were published.


Alfred Eisenstaedt was "renowned for his ability to capture memorable images of important people in the news" and for his candid photographs taken with a small 35mm Leica camera, typically with natural lighting.


Alfred Eisenstaedt's family was Jewish and moved to Berlin in 1906.


Alfred Eisenstaedt was fascinated by photography from his youth and began taking pictures at age 11 when he was given his first camera, an Eastman Kodak Folding Camera with roll film.


Alfred Eisenstaedt later served in the German Army's artillery during World War I and was wounded in 1918.


Alfred Eisenstaedt remained a staff photographer from 1936 to 1972, achieving notability for his photojournalism of news events and celebrities.

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Alfred Eisenstaedt's photos were notable as a result of his typical use of natural light as opposed to relying on flash lighting.


Alfred Eisenstaedt was fond of Martha's Vineyard's photogenic lighthouses and was the focus of lighthouse fundraisers organized by Vineyard Environmental Research Institute.


Two years before his death, Alfred Eisenstaedt photographed President Bill Clinton with wife Hillary and daughter Chelsea.


Alfred Eisenstaedt met Kathy Kaye, a South African woman, and married her in 1949.


Alfred Eisenstaedt died in his bed at midnight at his beloved Menemsha Inn cottage known as the "Pilot House" at age 96 in the company of his sister-in-law, Lucille Kaye, and a friend, William E Marks.


Alfred Eisenstaedt was buried at Mount Hebron Cemetery in Flushing, Queens.


Alfred Eisenstaedt took this photo in 1963 at the Tuileries Garden.