Today is the 116th birthday of photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt. You may not recognize his name, but you no doubt recognize the iconic work he did at Life Magazine, some of his images have made it into the collective American consciousness. Some of his photographs are widely considered the most recognizable images of the 20th century. For those reasons, you should know his name. The world is a better place because Alfred was in it and still feels the loss that he has left.
Alfred Eisenstaedt was born on December 6, 1898 in Dirschau, West Prussia. He became a professional photographer in Berlin and came under the influence of Erich Salomon. In 1935 he immigrated to New York City, where he became one of the first four photographers hired by Life Magazine. He contributed more than 2,500 picture stories and 90 cover photos to Life. He died in 1995.