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Mid-Century Master: The Photography of Alfred Eisenstaedt

June 8th 2019 to January 12th 2020

Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens

4155 Linnean Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008

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When he photographed her for the November 5, 1965 issue of LIFE Magazine, Alfred Eisenstaedt cemented Marjorie Merriweather Post’s place among the most notable people of the twentieth century. Already well-known as a generous philanthropist, businesswoman, and social figure, Post was featured in an eighteen-page spread that showcased her generous spirit and gracious way of life. With his acumen for capturing larger-than-life personalities in natural poses and genuine moments, Eisenstaedt was the perfect photographer for highlighting her distinguishing features.

Featuring nearly fifty Eisenstaedt photographs and ephemera from his career in photojournalism, this special exhibition will explore the relationship between Post and Eisenstaedt that evolved over the course of the sessions, the illuminating photos of Post, and the broader body of Eisenstaedt’s work documenting life in in the mid-twentieth century.