Alfred Eisenstaedt, Actress Sophia Loren Drinking Water from a Spigot, Italy, 1961
Vintage Silver Gelatin Print, 11 x 8 inches
Due to the large interest the exhibition will be extended, from 15th. April 2007 to 3th. June 2007
Alfred Eisenstaedt - Father of Photojournalism
March 9, 2007 - April 15, 2007
CLEVELAND – The Contessa Gallery at Legacy Village brings Cleveland some of the most remarkable stories of the twentieth century captured by the legendary lens of Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE Magazine.
For over sixty years, Eisenstaedt’s photographic genius brought the world into the homes of LIFE readers. He immigrated to the United States in 1935, narrowly escaping the Holocaust in Europe, and landed a job as one of the four original staff photographers at LIFE magazine. He would become one of the most important photographers in America – indeed, the Father of Photojournalism.
Born in Poland in 1898, Eisenstaedt was fascinated by photography as a youth. He began taking photographs at the age of fourteen with a simple Eastman Kodak Folding camera. At a time when photojournalism was still in its infancy, Eisenstaedt at the age of twenty-nine, sold his first photograph. Later in his life, he would spend thirty-six years working for LIFE where he took over one million photographs, covered 2,500 assignments, and produced ninety- two LIFE covers. His thirteen books attest to his unerring eye and his incredible productivity. During his career he photographed more of the world’s famous faces and had more photographs published than any photographer in history.
Eisenstaedt is best remembered for a photograph that he took on VJ Day in Times Square in August of 1945. The image of a sailor bending over and kissing a young nurse has become one of the most recognizable and best loved photographs in the history of photojournalism. Other well- known photographs include, “Premiere at La Scala”, “The Ice Skating Waiter”, “Children at a Puppet Theatre” and “Drum Major”. He has been honored with many exhibitions and awards. In 1989, he received the National Medal of Arts in a White House ceremony.
The exhibition at the Contessa Gallery will contain over fifty photographs including over twenty that are vintage and one-of-a-kind prints from Eisenstaedt’s office. The gallery’s owner Steven Hartman states, “The exhibition will have photographs that will appeal to the most serious as well as the first time collector”.