A POET AND HIS CAMERA: ALFRED EISENSTAEDT (1898-1995)

ALFRED EISENSTAEDT: 1898-1995

The 20th century image bank consists in good part--some of the best part, you might say--of what was put there by Alfred Eisenstaedt. When he died last week at 96, he left behind one of the great lyric troves of modern photography. An incomparable photojournalist, "Eisie'' helped to make LIFE an indispensable scrapbook of the national memory. And even before that, in the 1920s, when many people still believed cameras could only take dictation, he had figured out their potential for poetry.

Eisenstaedt was born in Dirschau, Prussia, a town now in Poland. A man with a lifelong taste for whatever...

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