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date: 20 November 2019

Eisenstaedt, Alfredlocked

(b Dierschau, West Prussia [now Poland], Dec 6, 1898; d Aug 23, 1995).
  • Reinhold Misselbeck

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(b Dierschau, West Prussia [now Poland], Dec 6, 1898; d Aug 23, 1995).

American photographer of German birth. He attended Berlin University from 1913 to 1916 and served in the army (1916–18). He survived the world economic crisis after the war as a belt and button salesman for a Berlin firm. He was a self-taught photographer, though a friend taught him enlargement techniques in 1926. In 1927 he began to work for the Berliner Tageblatt, which led him to photograph in smaller format; he was soon also acting as a freelance photographer for the Weltspiegel, producing work for the Pacific and Atlantic Picture Agency, Associated Press and the Berliner illustrierte Zeitung from 1929 until 1935. He photographed Marlene Dietrich in Berlin in 1928, while she was filming Der blaue Engel (see Eisenstaedt, 1969, p. 103), and this picture of a woman in a man’s black smoking jacket became one of Eisenstaedt’s most famous photographs.

In 1935 he emigrated to the USA, where he was naturalized, and worked for ...

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