Thursday, September 27, 2012

Another job you wouldn't want to do: Routine Zeppelin maintenance

Jet Tales.  The Luft Hansa Magazine.  3/81.
Repairing the airship Graf Zeppelin over the South Atlantic in 1934.  Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt, who would have had to be standing on the wind-blown airship holding his camera!  He was born in Germany but emigrated to the U.S. in 1935 and a year later became one of the original four photographers for Life magazine, remaining there until it folded in 1972.  At the time of the 1981 article, he had completed more than 2600 assignments and nine books, and Philip P. Kunhardt, Life's managing editor, commented that Eisenstaedt "surely recorded more famous people and great events than anyone else who has ever hefted a camera."

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