Cooperative of Photography

Exhibition Review: Alfred Eisenstaedt / “Portraits of the Past”


The “father of photojournalism,” Alfred Eisenstaedt is currently on view at Robert Mann Gallery, New York. As a child in Berlin, Alfred’s first camera was an Eastman Kodak Number Three. In 1935, Alfred migrated to New York, where he worked for LIFE Magazine as a photojournalist. He is best known for his photographs of Hollywood starlets Bette Davis, Katherine Hepburn, and Marilyn Monroe. Alfred’s work is very much a reflection of 20th-century iconography. He states, “In a photograph a person’s eyes tell much, sometimes they tell all.” If you find yourself in New York, feel free to check out the exhibition through April 27th, 2019.

Farewell to Service Men, Penn Station, 1943

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Skating Waiter, Grand Hotel, St. Moritz, 1932

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Marilyn Monroe (Black Sweater Landscape), 1953

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Children at a puppet theater

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Premier at La Scala, Milan, 1933

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VJ Day

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Check out the Robert Mann Gallery website here.

© Alfred Eisenstaedt/Time & LIFE Pictures/Getty Images, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

Written by Rowynn Dumont

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