Famous photographers have created a name for themselves because of their spectacular use of photography. Their work becomes world renown and the very mention of their name conjures images of their masterpieces. Photographs are a moment in time that is permanently captured for the world to remember. A simple photograph can tell a story to thousands of people who could not have experienced it firsthand. There are those photographs in existence today that have become a part of our culture and heritage that were random shots by virtually unknown photographers. However, their image has never stopped telling a story. Here is the story of the men behind two of the most infamous photographs of our time. The infamous V-Day in Times Square photograph captured the image of a victorious sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square, New York City. Alfred Eisenstaedt snapped this photograph on August 14, 1945 as the city celebrated their victory over Japan. This photograph was published a week later in the Life magazine and the image rose to fame. Alfred Eisenstaedt was born on December 6. 1898, in 1928 he began working as a free-lance photographer in Berlin. By 1929 he worked fulltime as a photographer, pursuing the hobby he loved. During his lifetime he became one of the world’s famous photographers with his notable images. Among them being his image in 1933 of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini while they were in Italy. In 1935 Alfred moved to the United States where he worked for Life Magazine photographing celebrities and events. In 1989 he was awarded a National Medal of Arts by George Bush. His last photograph was of the Bill Clinton with his wife and daughter in 1993. He died August 24, 1995 at the age of 96.
Another photograph that has forever changed history is the image of the first foot on the moon. This image was not taken by any of the world’s famous photographers. It was snapped by the second astronaut to ever walk on the moon. Buzz Aldrin, born January 30, 1930, was travelling with Neil Armstrong on the Apollo mission on the first trip successful trip to the moon. When Neil stepped onto the lunar soil, Buzz snapped this ionic picture that would forever be a part of our history. Buzz Aldrin was born as Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr. He was called Buzz by his siblings from a very young age as they couldn’t pronounce the word “Brother”. The name “Buzzer” stuck and was eventually shortened to Buzz. In 1988, Edwin filed the name change paperwork and legally became Buzz Eugene. Although his image instantly gave his status along with some of the world famous photographers, Buzz continued to work with NASA until his retirement in 1972. He has co-authored a number of books and even appeared as himself on in the Blockbuster movie “Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon.”
These two images are captured memories that will never be forgotten. Although not originally well known, these famous photographers gave us a part of history that has forever changed our world. By preserving the moment for a lifetime we are given a pictorial insight into a moment in time. Famous photographers show us what we are not able to witness on our own. They document moments in time that may have otherwise been forgotten. They help educate us on our past so that we can better shape our future.