Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin


dietrich by aeThis legendary picture of Marlene Dietrich was made by a German-American photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt who left Berlin to escape the Nazis and went on to become one of the best and the most treasured masters of the camera on the other side of the Atlantic.

His probably best known work and one of the most recognised images in the world is “Times Square Kiss” from 1945 made by Eisenstaedt when New York was celebrating the end of the 2nd World War.

The photographer himself managed to escape from Berlin on time thanks to his international connections made thanks to plenty of jobs for American and British magazines.

Here are several other images by Alfred Eisenstaedt from the time before and after the war:

Alfred Eisenstaedt, Times Square Kiss, V-J Day, 1945

Times Square Kiss

Marlene Dietrich at the Foreign Press Ball in Berlin in the 1930s

egyptian fishing boats on the suez canal in 1935

Egyptian Fishing Boats on the Suez Canal in 1935

the iceskating waiter by AE

The ice-skating waiter in St. Moritz in 1932

NYC in 1939 by AE

NYC Lower Manhattan seen by Eisenstaedt in 1939


  1. naguere
    Jun 10, 2013

    What a lovely shot of the skating waiter.

    • notmsparker
      Jun 10, 2013

      It is, isn´t it? Eisenstaedt loved it, too. He actually prepared the setting a bit to make the image sharp: he put the chair there to have something to focus on and let the waiter skate past it. He called it “his one smashing photo”:-)

      • naguere
        Jun 12, 2013

        Well, after your reply, I love it even more. :), ‘One smashing photo’, just great.

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