10 Photographers Who Captured the Soul of New York City
1934, printed later
Image Size: 15.5 x 21.25 in. (39.3 x 53.8 cm), framed.
German-born photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt worked as a freelance photojournalist before devoting himself full time to photography in 1929. His camera of choice was a hand-held 35 mm Leica, which allowed him to make candid portraits and capture spontaneous moments as demonstrated by this image. After immigrating to the United States in 1935, Eisenstaedt was hired by LIFE magazine which debuted in 1936. Over the course of his 35-year career with the magazine, he produced over 2,500 picture stories and ninety covers.—Courtesy of Skinner
A certificate of authenticity from the LIFE Gallery of Photography and a receipt from the Granary Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, dated 7/18/98 accompanies the lot.
Signature: Signed "Eisenstaedt" in ink below the image l.r., numbered "154/250" in ink below the image l.l.
Claiming, “it’s more important to click with people than to click the shutter,” Alfred Eisenstaedt defined the practice of photojournalism as one of its pioneering practitioners, from the years leading up to World War II to the closing decade of the 20th century. He took his first photograph at 29, one of more than a million he would take over the course of his career. In 1935, he emigrated to New York and was hired by LIFE Magazine as one of its first staff photographers. Using a 35mm camera, Eisenstaedt captured world leaders, celebrities, artists, and everyday people and scenes with decision and tenderness. Among his most iconic images is VJ Day in Times Square (1945), the passionate kiss known worldwide between a sailor and a woman, who arches back, surrendering to his embrace in the heart of Times Square.
American, 1898-1995, Tczew, Poland