"The Eye of Alfred Eisenstaedt" - Exhibition of Photographs by Original LIFE Magazine Photojournalist

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Major exhibition celebrates career and life of legendary photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt (1898-1995)

Santa Fe--Monroe Gallery of Photography, 112 Don Gaspar, is pleased to announce: “The Eye Of Eisenstaedt”, a major exhibition celebrating the career and life of the legendary photographer. The exhibition opens with a public reception on July 7 from 5 - 8, and will continue through October 1.

The exhibition of more than 60 photographs features numerous classic images, several little-known gems, and never-before-exhibited photographs that are sure to surprise and intrigue. Included are historic vintage photographs – the actual prints used for LIFE magazine stories, with important archive information inscribed and stamped on the back of each photograph.

Sidney and Michelle Monroe first met “Eisie”, as he preferred to be called, in the mid 1980’s, and helped organize and present the first gallery exhibition of his photographs, in 1989 in New York. They worked with Eisie on several other occasions prior to his death in 1995, and have continued to represent his archives and are acknowledged experts on his life and career.

Renowned as the father of modern photojournalism, Alfred Eisenstaedt’s career as a preeminent photojournalist spanned eight decades. Born in West Prussia in 1898, “Eisie” began taking photographs in Germany in 1914. As a pioneer in his field, “Eisie” had few rules to follow. Diminutive in stature, he worked with minimal equipment and was known for an aggressive yet invisible style of working. Regarded as an innovator of available light photography, Eisenstaedt dispensed with flash photography early on in order to preserve the ambiance of natural lighting.

He photographed throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East until he came to LIFE magazine in 1936. As one of the four original staff photographers for LIFE, “Eisie” covered over 2,500 assignments and created 92 covers for the magazine. Acknowledged as one of the most published photojournalists in the world, he took photographs at the first meeting of Hitler and Mussolini, of Albert Einstein teaching at Princeton, Churchill’s campaign and re-election, children at a puppet theater in Paris, Marilyn Monroe at home, and hundreds of other significant people and events around the world. He was an editor’s dream, and his work had what became known as “Eisie’s eye”. His pictures let people and events speak for themselves. Portrait assignments became a specialty, and in the process he accumulated many little-known secrets about his subjects.

“V-J Day, Times Square, 1945”, in which a sailor, elated because the war is over, kisses a nurse amidst a New York crowd, will perhaps always be Alfred Eisenstaedt’s signature photograph. Acclaimed as one of the Ten Greatest Images of Photojournalism, it reflects “Eisie’s” keen sense of spontaneity. Many books have been written about Eisenstaedt and his career; and he authored several books including: People, Witness To Our Time, Eisenstaedt On Eisenstaedt, and Remembrances. It is unlikely that anyone could have lived during the last 75 years without having been exposed to the photographs of Alfred Eisenstaedt. “Eisie” worked almost ceaselessly until his death in August, 1995 at the age of 96, even photographing President Clinton and Family in 1993.

Alfred Eisenstaedt possessed the unique talent to capture a story in a single, tell-all moment. The photographer’s job, he once wrote, “is to find and catch the storytelling moment.” “Eisie” received awards and recognition far too numerous to list. His photographs have been exhibited in prestigious museums and galleries throughout the world and are in the permanent collections of many important art institutions. In December, 1999 the on-line magazine Digital Journalist named Eisenstaedt “The Photojournalist of the Century”.

“Very often this sort of thing is only a momentary vision, my brain does not register, only my eyes and finger react. Click." – Alfred Eisenstaedt

Monroe Gallery of Photography was founded by Sidney S. Monroe and Michelle A. Monroe. Building on more than four decades of collective experience, the gallery specializes in classic black & white photography with an emphasis on humanist and photojournalist imagery. The gallery also represents a select group of contemporary and emerging photographers.

Gallery hours are 10 to 6 Monday through Saturday, 10 to 5 Sunday. Admission is free. For further information, please call: 505.992.0800. Media kit with images available upon request.


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