Eisenstaedt and Us at Martha’s Vineyard Museum


Internationally celebrated photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt (1898–1995) captured some of the most famous images of the 20th century, from wars to movie stars to scenes of everyday life. Less well-known, but just as compelling, are his photographs of Martha’s Vineyard that have preserved telling images people, objects, buildings, and landscapes of the Island.

In a rather dazzling new exhibit opening this Saturday, July 16, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum presents an intimate collection of work of the singular and legendary photographer that reveals his creative experiences on the Vineyard where, for close to 50 years he summered in Chilmark.

But what makes this new show, Eisenstaedt and Us, particularly affecting is that it features selected photographs matched to artwork and objects. Eisenstaedt’s Vineyard photographs are being displayed with the objects they correspond to from the museum’s collections. What Eisenstaedt preserved on film, the Museum preserved in reality, and visitors to the exhibit will be able to see the images with the actual objects.

Visitors will also be able to listen to Eisenstaedt talk about his work on Martha’s Vineyard in a selection from the Museum’s oral history collection.

Eisenstaedt and Us opens on Saturday, July 16, 3 to 5 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, 59 School Street, Edgartown. Admission is free to members and $7 for non-members. The exhibit will be on display through May 26, 2012. Hours open year-round are 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday.