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Alfred Eisenstaedt Quote: “It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.”

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

— Alfred Eisenstaedt



Alfred Eisenstaedt Quote: “When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear.”

When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear.

— Alfred Eisenstaedt


Alfred Eisenstaedt Quote: “The important thing is not the camera but the eye.”

The important thing is not the camera but the eye.

— Alfred Eisenstaedt


Alfred Eisenstaedt Quote: “In New York’s Times Square a white-clad girl clutches her purse and skirt as an uninhibited sailor plants his lips squarely on hers.”

In New York’s Times Square a white-clad girl clutches her purse and skirt as an uninhibited sailor plants his lips squarely on hers.

— Alfred Eisenstaedt


Alfred Eisenstaedt Quote: “I will be remembered when I’m in heaven. People won’t remember my name, but they will know the photographer who did that picture of that nurse being kissed by the sailor at the end of World War II. Everybody remembers that.”

I will be remembered when I’m in heaven. People won’t remember my name, but they will know the photographer who did that picture of that nurse being kissed by the sailor at the end of World War II. Everybody remembers that.

— Alfred Eisenstaedt


Alfred Eisenstaedt Quote: “When I photographed Marilyn Monroe, I mixed up my cameras – one had black-and-white film, the other color. I took many pictures. Only two color ones came out all right. My favorite picture of Marilyn hangs always on the wall in my office. It was taken on the little patio of her Hollywood house.”

When I photographed Marilyn Monroe, I mixed up my cameras – one had black-and-white film, the other color. I took many pictures. Only two color ones came out all right. My favorite picture of Marilyn hangs always on the wall in my office. It was taken on the little patio of her Hollywood house.

— Alfred Eisenstaedt


Alfred Eisenstaedt Quote: “I always prefer photographing in available light – or Rembrandt-light I like to call it – so you get the natural modulations of the face. It makes a more alive, real, and flattering portrait.”

I always prefer photographing in available light – or Rembrandt-light I like to call it – so you get the natural modulations of the face. It makes a more alive, real, and flattering portrait.

— Alfred Eisenstaedt


Alfred Eisenstaedt Quote: “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.”

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.

— Alfred Eisenstaedt


Alfred Eisenstaedt Quote: “I dream that someday the step between my mind and my finger will no longer be needed. And that simply by blinking my eyes, I shall make pictures. Then, I think, I shall really have become a photographer.”

I dream that someday the step between my mind and my finger will no longer be needed. And that simply by blinking my eyes, I shall make pictures. Then, I think, I shall really have become a photographer.

— Alfred Eisenstaedt


Alfred Eisenstaedt Quote: “In a photograph a person’s eyes tell much, sometimes they tell all.”

In a photograph a person’s eyes tell much, sometimes they tell all.

— Alfred Eisenstaedt



Alfred Eisenstaedt Quote: “Yes, I sold buttons to earn living. But I took pictures to keep on living. Pictures are my life – as necessary as eating or breathing.”

Yes, I sold buttons to earn living. But I took pictures to keep on living. Pictures are my life – as necessary as eating or breathing.

— Alfred Eisenstaedt


Alfred Eisenstaedt Quote: “I enjoy traveling and recording far-away places and people with my camera. But I also find it wonderfully rewarding to see what I can discover outside my own window. You only need to study the scene with the eyes of a photographer.”

I enjoy traveling and recording far-away places and people with my camera. But I also find it wonderfully rewarding to see what I can discover outside my own window. You only need to study the scene with the eyes of a photographer.

— Alfred Eisenstaedt


Alfred Eisenstaedt Quote: “Photographers don’t need to be aggressive. Some are. Henry Benson is aggressive – but then he’s from Fleet Street. If you can talk to people, you don’t need to push people around.”

Photographers don’t need to be aggressive. Some are. Henry Benson is aggressive – but then he’s from Fleet Street. If you can talk to people, you don’t need to push people around.

— Alfred Eisenstaedt


Alfred Eisenstaedt Quote: “I seldom think when I take a picture. My eyes and fingers react – click. But first, it’s most important to decide on the angle at which your photograph is to be taken.”

I seldom think when I take a picture. My eyes and fingers react – click. But first, it’s most important to decide on the angle at which your photograph is to be taken.

— Alfred Eisenstaedt


Alfred Eisenstaedt Quote: “All photographers have to do, is find and catch the story-telling moment.”

All photographers have to do, is find and catch the story-telling moment.

— Alfred Eisenstaedt


Alfred Eisenstaedt Quote: “I want to be a mouse in a mousehole.”

I want to be a mouse in a mousehole.

— Alfred Eisenstaedt


Alfred Eisenstaedt Quote: “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.”

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.

— Alfred Eisenstaedt


Alfred Eisenstaedt Quote: “I don’t like to work with assistants. I’m already one too many; the camera alone would be enough.”

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

— Alfred Eisenstaedt


Alfred Eisenstaedt Quote: “I have to be as much diplomat as a photographer.”

I have to be as much diplomat as a photographer.

— Alfred Eisenstaedt


Alfred Eisenstaedt Quote: “Retire? Retire from What? Life? I will only retire when I am dead!”

Retire? Retire from What? Life? I will only retire when I am dead!

— Alfred Eisenstaedt



Alfred Eisenstaedt Quote: “I see pictures all the time. I could stay for hours and watch a raindrop.”

I see pictures all the time. I could stay for hours and watch a raindrop.

— Alfred Eisenstaedt

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