VJ dayAlfred Eisenstaedt was one of the first four photojournalist working for LIFE magazine in 1935. His variety of pictures captured the world in a trance of wonder, from the elegance of movie stars to the joy of the end of the war. He’s traveled around the world wherever the job takes him including Japan, who he photograph the aftermath of Hiroshima bombing in WW2. He received many awards including The Medal of the Arts, International Understanding Award for Outstanding Achievement, Photographic Society of America Achievement Award, and the Photographer of the Year Award. His most famous piece is his photograph V-J Day, which captures a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square after hearing the war was over.
At age 17 he was drafted into the German Army, he suffered major injuries to both legs. Being the only survivor of his artillery he was sent home to recover. It was this time that he got involved with his interest in photography. He visit museums to get inspired and learn as much he could about lighting and other techniques. When he went to college he didn’t study Photography or Journalism so many would say he was a natural.
His first photo was taken when he was on vacation in 1927. He captured the back of a woman playing Tennis, her racket in midair. He then sold this photo to a local newspaper realize that you could make very good money this way. His career in Photojournalism took off from there.