Born in Germany, Alfred Eisenstaedt (“Eisie” to his friends) worked as a war photographer and after shooting the first meeting between Hitler and Mussolini in 1933, immigrated to America. Hired by Henry Luce to work at a secret start up venture known as “Project X” - Eisenstaedt joined photographers Margaret Bourke-White, Thomas McAvoy and Peter Stackpole as the first staff photographers at LIFE Magazine. The magazine’s first copy sold for 10 cents and featured five pages of Eisentaedt’s pictures. On August 14, 1945, Eisenstaedt photographed a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square and created perhaps the single most iconic image of a nation celebrating the end of war. Over his career, he shot a total of nearly 100 covers for LIFE magazine and some 10,000 prints.
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