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Eisenstaedt: Remembrances
     

Eisenstaedt: Remembrances

by Alfred Eisenstaedt, Barbara Baker Burrows, Bryan Holme (Introduction), Doris C. O'Neil (Editor)
 

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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, including eighty-six covers, led him on adventures around the world. Included in this selection of evocative photographs are

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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, including eighty-six covers, led him on adventures around the world. Included in this selection of evocative photographs are statesmen, writers, actors, scientists, artists, and politicians from the twentieth century.

This expanded anniversary edition includes thirty additional photographs as well as a new foreword by Barbara Baker Burrows. Eisenstaedt's longtime picture editor at Life.

Editorial Reviews

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.)
Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821225974
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
06/01/1999
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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