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Eisenstaedt: Remembrances

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Remembrances presents a wide-ranging look at this legendary photographer's pioneering work in the field of photojournalism, from his first days in Germany in the 1930s through his long career at LIFE magazine, where more than 2,500 assignments led him on adventures around the world. Selected by Doris O'Neil from the archives of LIFE and from Alfred Eisenstaedt's vast personal file, the images in this book reveal the breadth of his achievement. Included are pictures of historic events such as the first meeting of ...
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Overview

Remembrances presents a wide-ranging look at this legendary photographer's pioneering work in the field of photojournalism, from his first days in Germany in the 1930s through his long career at LIFE magazine, where more than 2,500 assignments led him on adventures around the world. Selected by Doris O'Neil from the archives of LIFE and from Alfred Eisenstaedt's vast personal file, the images in this book reveal the breadth of his achievement. Included are pictures of historic events such as the first meeting of Hitler and Mussolini, vivid portraits of many of the most famous people of this century - statesmen, writers, actors, scientists, artists, philosophers - and endearing, timeless vignettes of ordinary people in midcentury America and Europe. As diverse as they are, the photographs are unified by Eisenstaedt's eye and by his intuitive ability to record moments of grace, wit, and beauty in the human experience. In honor of the one hundredth anniversary of Alfred Eisenstaedt's birth, this special expanded edition of Remembrances includes a portfolio of thirty additional classic photographs by Eisenstaedt - images chosen by "Eisie" for the LIFE gallery. Many are previously unpublished in LIFE. Barbara Baker Burrows, Eisenstaedt's picture editor at LIFE for many years, contributes a foreword to this new edition.

Alfred Eisenstaedt is one of the legendary photographers of this century and a pioneer in the field of photojournalism. Remembrances presents a wide-ranging look at his work from his first days in Germany in the 1930s through his long career at LIFE magazine.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 1927 Eisenstadt sold his first photograph to a Czechoslovakian newspaper; less than a decade later he was pioneering the practice of pictorial journalism for Henry Luce's Life . The rest, as this latest collection of his works attests, is history. With the help of O'Neil, director of exhibitions and vintage prints at Life , Eisenstadt has assembled a trip down memory lane that is overwhelming in historical scope and is utterly pleasurable proof of his stature as the father of photojournalism. From the outset of his career, ``Eisie'' focused a keen eye on topical subjects: in the 1930s he photographed Hitler, Goebbels and Mussolini, as well as Garbo, Toscanini and Bernard Shaw, and recorded the dying embers of prewar glamour in Europe. In the '40s and '50s his lens captured such Hollywood greats as Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren, along with writers W. H. Auden and T. S. Eliot. Between portraits of the famous reproduced here are equally recognizable images of anonymity: a sailor grabbing a Victory Day kiss at Times Square, children shrieking at a Parisian puppeteer's show. (Oct.)
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This elegant, informal survey of Eisenstaedt's achievements in photography, based on a retrospective exhibition, consists of a brief, anecdotal essay by Bryan Holme, followed by well-reproduced photographs with captions explaining of whom, where, when, and sometimes how each picture was made. These often-familiar pictures were culled from a file of 10,000 prints at Life magazine (for which Eisenstaedt has worked from the first issue in 1936 to the present day) and the photographer's own collection of 280,000 images. Loosely grouped by subject--writers and scholars, actors, politicians, high society, children, rural scenes, patterns and abstractions, etc.--they reveal the astounding breadth of his career and his talent for capturing the telling gesture and revealing moment. However, the lack of an index, chronology, and bibliography of publications and exhibitions makes the book less useful than it might otherwise have been. Recommended for photography collections.-- Kathleen Collins, Great Barrington, Mass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821225974
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 6/1/1999
  • Edition description: Expanded
  • Pages: 174
  • Product dimensions: 9.05 (w) x 12.02 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Alfred Eisenstaedt (1898-1995) began his photographic career in Berlin in 1929. Six years later he emigrated to the United States, where he joined the prepublication staff of LIFE magazine. In his 60 years with LIFE, he completed over 2,500 assignments and 86 covers. His work was the subject of 13 books. Eisenstaedt received the National Medal of Arts in November 1989 for extraordinary photographs that document the tragedies and triumphs he has witnessed over a lifetime. In 1998, LIFE magazine established the annual Alfred Eisenstaedt Awards to celebrate the best photographers each year in American magazines. A special Eisie awards issue of LIFE will be published in late March 1999 bringing renewed attention to Eisenstaedt Bryan Holme had a long and distinguished career in art book publishing. He was the editor and designer of 9 books on Eisenstaedt.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2001

    Simple Genius

    Many people consider Mr. Alfred Eisenstaedt the defining photojournalist of the 20th century. His best known work is probably the photograph of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square on VJ Day in 1945. In this superb volume, you can test that assessment with your own eyes. The images in this book were culled from over 290,000 frames available to the editor. I found the quality to be remarkably and consistently high. The reproduction quality is more than adequate as well. Mr. Eisenstaedt straddles the 20th century almost perfectly. He was born in West Prussia in 1898 and died in 1995. He started photography as a hobby while a youngster, and only turned it into a livelihood as a 31 year-old man. He served in the German army in World War I and was severely wounded in the legs in Flanders during 1918. While recuperating, he visited art museums to study the compositions the painters used. It was time well spent. Later he would comment, 'I seldom think when I take a picture.' 'But, first, it's most important to decide on the angle at which your photograph is to be taken.' After the war, he sold belts and buttons. But he continued to take photographs as a hobby. His big break came when he photographed a women's tennis match in 1927. Discouraged with the results, it was pointed out that the image of the woman serving in one frame would work well if everything else was cropped out. This image is in the book for your reference. This photograph immediately sold, and he was encouraged to come back with more. By 1929 he was doing well enough to start photography full-time. Because of the rise of the Nazis and the popularity of photojournalism in the United States, Mr. Eisenstaedt came to the New York in 1935 where he visited Time. There he learned about plans for a new weekly photography magazine, LIFE, and became one of four staff photographers in 1936 when the magazine started. Over the years more than 80 of his photographs graced its cover. Sophia Loren was his favorite assignment, and Ernest Hemingway was his least (Hemingway tried to throw him off the dock). 'I like photographing people only at their best.' 'This means making them feel relaxed and completely at home with you in the beginning.' Unlike most portrait photographers, he was informal. 'I always prefer photographing in available light.' His approach to equipment was similarly simple. 'A Leica, a couple of lenses, a few rolls of film -- that's all he needed.' Totally devoted to his art he said, 'I will never retire,' and he never did. Familiarly known to his friends and colleagues as 'Eisie,' ''Cold fish' or 'horrible man' were his epithets. 'Unbelievable' was his word for wonder.' These details and observations are taken from the excellent introduction by Bryan Holme. I found Mr. Eisenstaedt's work here to be amazingly luminescent. He captures a spiritual glow in his subjects and in nature. Realizing that he was using natural light, the images and detail are very well illuminated regardless, much like what you find in Ansel Adams's work. His people have an animation of body and personality that makes the viewer feel more alive as well. Whether professional actor or ordinary person, they each resonate with the viewer through intense and attractive emotion. Here are some of my favorite images (reduced to fit the space allowed): Italian officer sledding, 1933; Toscanni, early 1930s; La Scala, 1934; Carriage, near La Scala, 1934; George Bernard Shaw, 1932; Ruth Bryan Owen, 1934; Robert Oppenheimer, 1947; Albert Einstein, 1949; Bertrand Russell, 1951; Dancers pause, 1936; Roofs of Prague, 1947; Trees in snow, 1947; Janet MacLeod, 1937; Katherine Hepburn, 1938; Carole Lombard, 1938; VJ Day, 1945; Edward R. Murrow, 1959; John F. Kennedy and Caroline, 1960; Dame Edith Evans, 1951; Marilyn Monroe, 1953; Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen, 1949; Frank Lloyd Wright, 1956; Alec Guinness, 1951; W. Somerset Maugham, 1942; Robert Lowell, 1959; Charlie

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