Alfred Eisenstaedt (December 6th, 1898 - August 24th, 1995), one of three sons of Regina and Joseph Eisenstaedt, was born in 1898 on December 6th in Dirschau, West Prussia. The family moved to Berlin when he was 8 where they lived until Hitler's rise to power. When he was 14 his uncle gave him a Kodak No.3 Autographic folding camera which started his interest in photography, steering him away from a prospect of following in his father's footsteps as a merchant.


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"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."

"It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter."

"We are only beginning to learn what to say in a photograph. The world we live in is a succession of fleeting moments, any one of which might say something significant."

"I don't like to work with assistants. I'm already one too many; the camera alone would be enough."

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