Black and white original photo of ballerinas, variously titled "Ballerinas in a Dressing Room", or "Ballerinas Backstage, American Ballet Theater in New York", 1937, by the noted American photographer ALFRED EISENSTAEDT (1898-1995). The photo was likely printed much later (many of Eisenstaedt's images were re-printed years after they were originally created). The photo was acquired at the 2016 sale of property of Charlton and Lydia Heston, held at their notable home on Coldwater Canyon. Lydia Heston was an avid photographer herself and owned a number of works by notables in the field. Measurements including margins are 14" by 11" (20" by 16" with mat); unframed. There is silvering (oxidation) as seen, in many parts of the image. Eisenstaedt was born of Jewish parentage in West Prussia. The family moved to Berlin when he was young. Eisenstaedt served in the German army in World War I and was wounded. During the 1920's he began to take photographs with simple cameras, and by the end of the decade was well recognized for his talent. As early as the 1930's, Eisenstaedt was photographing famous figures; in 1934, he captured Hitler's first meeting with Mussolini. He and family members fled Europe for New York in 1935. Soon he joined the staff of the just-born LIFE Magazine, his comrades including Margaret Bourke-White and Robert Capa. From 1936 to 1972, the photographer was a star at LIFE, with countless covers to his name. He photographed the likes of Hemingway, Winston Churchill, Sophia Lauren, and common folk as well, often using a small Leica camera that was his trademark, and which allowed him to put his subjects more at ease, when compared to bulky large format cameras. Some of the photographer's more famous images include "V-J Day", the soldier theatrically kissing the nurse in New York at the end of World War II; a waiter skating at St. Moritz; and children at a puppet theater in Paris (1963). The latter image has brought nearly $50,000 at auctions. Eisenstaedt spent nearly every summer on Martha's Vineyard, where he died in 1995. Only two years before, he had photographed the Clinton family there. See online much more information on the photographer and his work.
ALFRED EISENSTAEDT (1898-1995) vintage photo of ballerinas in New York 1937