Alfred Eisenstaedt was born in 1898 in what is now Poland. He took up photography in 1928 with Berlin’s Pacific & Atlantic Photo Agency, where he was influenced by small-format camera pioneers Martin Munkacsi and Dr. Erich Salomon.
Eisenstaedt immigrated to New York in the early 1930s where he was among a select group hired to work on what would become Life magazine. He would remain there for the next 60 years.
Eisenstaedt gained a reputation as the father of photojournalism. He captured iconic images of both famous people and everyday life with a refined and definitive eye.
Eisenstaedt’s first one-man exhibition was at the International Museum of Photography in Rochester, New York. He had many subsequent exhibits and won numerous awards, among them the National Medal of the Arts. He died in 1995.