Original hand-signed letter, typed (TLS) on official Life Magazine letterhead, 1958
Finished size: 8.5 x 11 inches
In part: "Regarding the U.S. Elders story in TIME, I was borrowed from LIFE to do those portraits since the editors know I like taking photographs of people. It might interest you to know that I reeled 11,000 miles in fifteen days to complete that portfolio. This is quite an accomplishment, even for me. At the present time, I am working on a theatre story in New York."
Very good condition with light moisture staining and trimmed bottom edge
Letter of Authenticity
Alfred Eisenstaedt (December 6, 1898 – August 23, 1995) was a German-born American photographer and photojournalist. He began his career in Germany prior to World War II but achieved prominence as a staff photographer for Life Magazine after moving to the U.S. Life featured more than 90 of his pictures on its covers, and more than 2,500 of his photo stories were published.
Among his most famous cover photographs was 'V-J Day in Times Square,' taken during the V-J Day celebration in New York City, showing American sailor George Mendonsa kissing dental assistant Greta Zimmer Friedman in a "dancelike dip" which "summed up the euphoria many Americans felt as the war came to a close," in the words of his obituary. He was "renowned for his ability to capture memorable images of important people in the news" and for his candid photographs taken with a small 35mm Leica camera, typically with natural lighting.