September 23, 2009

Life Publishes New Hemingway Photos

In 1952, Life magazine published a novella by Ernest Hemingway and wanted some pictures to accompany it. They sent Alfred Eisenstaedt to Cuba, where Hemingway was living, to get some pictures.

The novella, "The Old Man and the Sea" was one of Hemingway's last works and became one of his best known. The issue of Life that included it sold 5.3 million copies in 2 days and the story was required reading by the time I got to high school.

Most of Eisenstaedt's photos were not used in the magazine, but Life has posted the photos to their website.

Sounds like Hemingway made things tough for Eisenstaedt who "would refered "to the experience of shooting “Papa” Hemingway as his most difficult assignment ever."

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