Alfred Eisenstaedt

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NameAlfred Eisenstaedt
BornDecember 6, 1898, Dirschau, West Prussia, German Empire (now Tczew, Poland)
DiedAugust 23, 1995 (aged 96), Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, U.S.
SpouseKathy Kaye (1949-1972; her death)
Military ServiceImperial German Army
Years of Service1914—1918
Battles/WarsFirst World War (WIA)
NationalityGerman-born American
Career StartBegan in Germany before World War II
Prominent RoleStaff photographer for Life magazine
Life Magazine CoversMore than 90
Photo Stories PublishedMore than 2,500
Famous PhotographV-J Day in Times Square
Photography StyleRenowned for candid photographs using a small 35mm Leica camera with natural lighting
Early LifeBorn in Dirschau; family moved to Berlin in 1906; fascinated by photography from youth; began taking pictures at age 11
First CameraEastman Kodak Folding Camera
World War IServed in German Army’s artillery; wounded in 1918
Career in 1920sWorked as a belt and button salesman; began freelance photography in 1928
Pacific and Atlantic PhotosWorked for their Berlin office in 1928; office taken over by Associated Press in 1931

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