The Answer to Name That Photographer

Clearly I made yesterday’s photography quiz WAY too easy. As many of you guessed, the answer is ALFRED EISENSTAEDT, a legend affectionately known as “Eisie.”

Portrait of Alfred EisenstaedtFor those of you who don’t know about Eisenstaedt, you will make your life better if you take a moment to discover his work. He was a master in every sense of the word.

Here are a few links to check out his way of seeing the world:

This beautiful YouTube video-Masters of Photography (click on link to see it) is well-worth watching.

Or you can simply click on this Google search of his images. and marvel at the breadth of his portraiture–from Marilyn to Einstein to Kennedy. Or take a peek at this  Wikipedia page and learn a bit about his background.

Here is my favorite Eisenstaedt photograph: Children at Puppet Theatre, Paris, France, 1963. It sits next to my desk so I look at it every day. I will never cease to be amazed at the diverse range of emotions expressed by these children while they are all experiencing the same moment.

Photo of Alfred Eisenstaedt's Children at Puppet Theatre

I will leave you with one of Eisie’s quotes, which I think not only relates to photography, but to writing and many other aspects of life as well.

“Once the amateur’s naive approach and humble willingness to learn fades away, the creative spirit of good photography dies with it. Every professional should remain always in his heart an amateur.”

– Alfred Eisenstaedt

PS: If you missed yesterday’s quiz, take a peek here to read the clues and learn a few more fun facts. The next quiz won’t be nearly as easy!

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4 thoughts on “The Answer to Name That Photographer

  1. I think if you had shown this photo first, we wouldn’t have been so quick to guess the answer. This is a wonderful photo, too. So revealing. I love what you’re doing, introducing us to great photographers.

    • I think you’re right. If I hadn’t shown the photograph, it would have been more difficult, but I have a hard time not adding a visual splash to each post. I’ll have to get more creative next time.

  2. The video was great – I love it when pictures of strangers can evoke an emotion in me. Beautiful work! I also love the one of the children. Some days, I do wish I would have followed my dream of becoming a photographer. I’m thankful that blogging gives me the opportunity to use my own photos. I love to be inspired. I have an Annie Leibovitz book my husband wants me to get rid of because he’s “tired of looking at the naked guy on the front (John Lennon) and I think he’s crazy. He just doesn’t see the art of the photographs the same way I do, even though he is very artsy like I am. Pictures are sometimes risque. I am going back to my old habit of carrying my camera everywhere. Opportunity is just a viewfinder away at any given time.

    • I”m glad you liked the video. I thought it was well done. I have to laugh about your husband wanting you to get rid of the Annie Leibovitz book. He’d never last at our house. We have stacks and stacks of photo art books everywhere.

      I’m glad you have your blog as an outlet too. There’s no limit to what you can do with your creativity. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

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