Alfred Eisenstaedt – Happy Birthday!

Alfred Eisenstaedt has been called “the father of photojournalism” for his candid shots of people spanning decades and geography. He was born 114 years ago today. You’ve certainly seen his famous photo of a sailor kissing a woman on VJ Day but I wanted to highlight a selection of his less known photos. Enjoy!

Coal mining town in Pennsylvania. 1943. Photo courtesy LIFE collection hosted by GoogleImages.

Coal mining town in Pennsylvania. 1943. Photo courtesy LIFE collection hosted by GoogleImages.

Audience in elegant boxes at La Scala Opera House. Milan, Italy. 1934. Courtesy LIFE collection hosted by GoogleImages.

Audience in elegant boxes at La Scala Opera House. Milan, Italy. 1934. Photo courtesy LIFE collection hosted by GoogleImages.

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Sophia Loren in Marriage Italian Style, 1964. Photo courtesy LIFE collection hosted by GoogleImages.

 Marlene Dietrich, Anna May-Wong, unidentified man, Leni Riefenstahl at Ball in Berlin, 1928. Photo courtesy LIFE collection hosted by GoogleImages.

Marlene Dietrich, Anna May-Wong, unidentified man, Leni Riefenstahl at Ball in Berlin, 1928. Photo courtesy LIFE collection hosted by GoogleImages.

Librarian behind desk in Reading Room of the Newburyport Free Library. 1943. Photo courtesy LIFE collection hosted by GoogleImages.

Librarian behind desk in Reading Room of the Newburyport Free Library. 1943. Photo courtesy LIFE collection hosted by GoogleImages.

For more information about the artist, see the Wikipedia entry. NB: I have no problem using Wikipedia for entertainment purposes, and for pointers to other, more substantive websites. But as a librarian, I’d forbid you to cite to it. And using it in a legal brief…are you kidding me?

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