A mother and her child in the bombed landscape of Hiroshima, Japan, 1946.
Children watching the story of "Saint George and the Dragon," at the puppet theater in the Tuileries, Paris, 1963.
Lesson at La Scalas Ballet School Milan Italy 1934
"When I photographed Marilyn Monroe, I mixed up my cameras -one had black-and-white film, the other color. I took many pictures.Only two color ones came out all right. My favorite picture of Marilynhangs always on the wall in my office. It was taken on the little patioof her Hollywood house."
Nurses at Roosevelt Hospital,New York City, 1937."In 1937, the executive editor of LIFE was Daniel Longwell, who gave me the assignment at Roosevelt Hospital. I am often asked if editors tell photographers exactly what to shoot. At LIFE the photographer was an individualist, and he could photograph anything he wanted to. Nobody told him anything. But Longwell had one wish about the hospital story. 'Alfred,' he said, 'you can do anything, but I don't want to see any blood.' How different from LIFE today."
Dali and Gala
Headwaiter Rene Breguet brings aperitifs to English guests at the skating rink of the Grand Hotel, Saint-Moritz 1932.
Dancers pause in the window of their dancing room at the Balanchine School of the American Ballet Theatre,New York City, 1936.
"In Italy, I photographed a gala evening at La Scala. This was one of my first pictures with a Leica on a tripod. Suddenly I saw a lovely young society girl sitting next to an empty box. From that box I took this picture, with the girl in the foreground... Without the girl I would not have had a memorable picture."
The famous Clock in the old Pennsylvania Station, New York City, 1943.
Winston Churchhill gives the victory sign at a political rally, Liverpool, 1951.
"While in England I also covered the election campaign of the Conservative Party and traveled with Churchill for several days. He became Prime Minister two weeks after this picture was taken. In Liverpool I caught him dozing a little on the dais before his speech. When the band started to play the National Anthem, his son Randolph tapped him on the shoulder and up shot his fingers like a viper."