Monday, November 21, 2011

Iconic Photos

The Puppet Show: Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1963
"Alfred Eisenstaedt's gift was making stars out of everyday people, by patiently observing and capturing them in magical moments of joy and wonder. Here, he trains his eye on a young audience at a puppet show in a Paris park: Each delightful child reacts in an extreme and distinct way to the moment when St. George slays the dragon, displaying a range of emotions -- amusement, horror, triumph, fear -- that hints at the many facets of the human experience."

((I want to time travel back to this show and grab the two on the bottom right and stuff them in my suitcase))

Pied Piper of Ann Arbor: Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1950

"A uniformed drum major for the University of Michigan marching band practices his high kicks, garnering an unintended following of seven admiring children who want to imitate his flamboyant technique. Eisie's joyously cheerful 1950 photo is like a Norman Rockwell painting come to life."

 Country Doctor: Photo by W. Eugene Smith, 1948

"The subject of W. Eugene Smith's celebrated 1948 photo essay "Country Doctor," Dr. Ernest Ceriani, the overworked physician of Kremmling, Co., was the only doctor within a 1,200-square-mile region. In this image, he is in a dazed state of exhaustion, having a cup of coffee in the hospital kitchen at 2 a.m. after performing a caesarean section where the baby and the mother both died because of complications. The classic photo reveals him as simultaneously heroic and tragic -- and absolutely unforgettable."

New York's Heart: Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1943

Manhattan's's Pennsylvania Station 

Ingenue Audrey: Photo by Mark Shaw, 1954

A Boy's Escape: Photo by Ralph Crane, 1947

"LIFE was known for its war photography, celebrity shoots, and glimpses of Americana. But what's often overlooked is the tradition of groundbreaking technical photography that no other magazine could bring and that, in some instances, the human could not even see. This picture -- a reenactment of a disturbed boy's escape from a children's home -- is a flawless example of technical excellence, a masterful combination of high speed strobes, exquisite timing, and dramatic composition. Readers weren't there to witness the boy's escape, but thanks to Ralph Crane's technical wizardry, they knew what it felt like."

((I'm a little scared by this, I'm not going to lie.))

The Kiss: Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1945

"Perhaps the most famous photo ever to appear in LIFE is Alfred Eisenstaedt's portrait of the spontaneous jubilation that broke out with the announcement that World War II was over. Eisenstaedt recalled that the sailor was kissing every gal in sight and managed to get four snaps of him in a clinch with this nurse. He never got their names, and while many credible contenders stepped forward over the years, LIFE never conclusively confirmed any of the claimants. Their identities remain a mystery; what they were feeling at that moment does not."

 Jumping Royals: Photo by Philippe Halsman, 1959

"Among the celebrities and notables that Philippe Halsman asked to jump for his famous photo series were the Duke and Duchess of Windsor -- that is, the former King of England and the controversial American for whom he gave up the throne. In theory, Halsman's photo was remarkable -- royals can be this playful? -- but in execution, it was even more so: Other than the position of their feet and the mildly surprised expression on the duke's face, the Windsors manage to maintain their cultivated bearing."

These photos are truly amazing. 
I love good photography especially those that tell a story 
and these tell volumes. 
If you'd like to see more of them from Life Magazine click below.

75 best Life photos index


  1. lol @ the photo of the sailor and the lady, and I love that last picture

  2. i really enjoyed these photos. They are so rich in history and depth. Thought provoking to see how the picture has only evolved and lost so much of its value with technology. BUT you get to see just what a blessing photography is to us in these pictures that probably opened the doors to many americans about the world outside their own neighborhood.


  3. Ah, thanks for sharing these. Great photos. Lets the imagination wander.
    I love you comment on the puppet show

  4. I'm so glad you ladies enjoyed these photos as much as I did! They are so full of so many emotions. It's amazing what can be captured and frozen in time with a little lens. :))

  5. You picked great pictures to share. I picked those two little Parisian girls out right away, too!


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