Eisenstaedt and Company: An Exhibition of the Photographs of Alfred Eisenstaedt - review by Francis Hodgson

Francis Hodgson

Constant is the Eye

Eisenstaedt and Company: An Exhibition of the Photographs of Alfred Eisenstaedt

Lyttleton Foyer of the National Theatre Until 22 March, 1986 order from our bookshop
 

Alfred Eisenstaedt not get his photograph on to the cover of the first issue of Life. That distinction went to Margaret Bourke-White. The cover of the second issue was by Eisenstaedt, however, and nearly a hundred since. By his own reckoning he has been on 2,500 assignments for Life, a huge total even if spread over a long association.

Eisenstaedt and photojournalism grew up together. In Weimar Germany, every town had an illustrated paper. At their peak both the Münchner Illustrierte Presse and the Berliner Illustrierte had a circulation of nearly two million. Wartime censorship had been lifted, and at 25 pfennigs each, both were within everybody’s reach. The

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