Alfred Eisenstaedt, ‘Repairing the Hull of the Graf Zeppelin during the flight over the Atlantic’, 1934, Heritage Auctions
Alfred Eisenstaedt, ‘Repairing the Hull of the Graf Zeppelin during the flight over the Atlantic’, 1934, Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: Sheet measures 11 x 14 inches; unmounted; not framed; tape from previous mounting along upper corners on recto, not affecting the image; one approximate 2 inch abrasion near the left edge with accompanying loss approximately 1/4 x 1/4 inches center left and possible retouching; a few minor scratches visible in raking light.

Signature: The photographer's stamp on verso.

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

The artist; Lufthansa, U.S.; Private collection, Chicago.

About Alfred Eisenstaedt

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