Spiro Agnew by Alfred Eisenstaedt

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My personal favourite LIFE cover by Alfred "Eisie" Eisenstaedt.


Alfred Eisenstaedt (December 6, 1898-August 24, 1995).


Photo courtesy of LIFE magazine.


In 1935, a 37-year-old Alfred Eisenstaedt emigrated to the United States--narrowly escaping the Holocaust in Europe--and landed a job as one of the first staff photographers at LIFE magazine.

He would become one of the most important photographers in America--indeed, the father of photojournalism.

Eisie--as his friends called him--applied a simple credo to taking pictures: "It's more important to click with people than to click the shutter."


The links below will tell you a little more about the great man Eisenstaedt, and his love of Rolleiflex and Leica cameras;







  • Noorhadi Saleh 7y

    "This photograph is a WINNER!"

    the BEST of Flickr!!!
  • James Blann 7y

    Damnit - hiding behind the camera is the only reason I do it! :)
  • raindog61 7y

    Thanks for the link David, I forgot all about Eisenstaedt's "Skating Waiter (St. Moritz, 1932). One of my favorites is his photo of Dr. Joseph Goebbels at the League of Nations (1933). I remember the first time I came across this photo thinking how disturbing it was (for me).

    I also find it odd that the George Eastman House website has no listing for Eisenstaedt.
  • Andrew Montgomery 7y

    Spiro Agnew is an anagram of Organ Wipes...
  • VEB Zardoz the Gravyboat 7y

    Thanks all.

    @raindog61 -
    Isn't that an incredible shot Harry!
    The look on Goebbels' face speaks volumes.
    Have you seen the photographs Eisie took of Hitler and Mussolini?
    What guts the little guy had!

    @connaught34 -
    What's Dick Cheney an anagram of, Monty?
  • Robin Dude 7y

    You are hereby the stipulated nattering nabob of Eisenstaedtivism.
  • VEB Zardoz the Gravyboat 7y

    How magnificent.
    I am deeply honoured and enproudified by that, Dude!
    And I sincerely hope you got your rug back from the German Nihilists, in a suitably un-pissedized condition.
  • Edgar and Ron 7y

    I vaguely remember that cover. Boy, were they wrong!

    That photo of Geobbels is beyond disturbing! Rather like Joel Grey minus a soul.

    Selected anagrams of Dick Cheney:

    chicken dye
    dicky hence
    I deny check
    ye chick end
    ye inch deck
    icy hen deck

    From the Internet Anagram Server:


  • MET50 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Favorite Magazine Covers, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • d'namur 7y

    This is great!

    I'm an admin for the Maryland Government and Politics Group, and we would love to have your shot added to the group!
  • Mando Maniac 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Cover of a Magazine, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
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