Alfred Eisenstaedt (Prussian-American, 1898-1995)

Getting his first camera at age 11, Eisenstaedt began his career in Germany after being wounded in WWI. Before World War II, he moved to the US. He is most well-known for working for Life magazine where more than 90 of his pictures were on covers and over 2,500 of his photos were published. Eisenstaedt’s most iconic image was taken during the V-J Day celebration in Times Square of an American sailor kissing a nurse, summarizing the euphoria of ending WWII. As an artist, he is known for capturing some of the most powerful people informally, and for his candid-style photographs taken with a small camera and natural lighting.