founding father

words: robin aigner
photography: lucien aigner

Churchill, Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, Haile Selassie. Lucien Aigner shot them all with his early-generation 35MM Leica. Yet the pioneering photojournalist often turned his gaze askew, focusing on the "side lights" of the news. An immigrant and a refugee, my Hungarian-born grandfather (we called him "Daddy's Daddy") was fearless—and at only five-foot-four, he had a diminutive enough presence and massive enough self-confidence to explore every corner of modern society. He called himself a "photo-storyteller," and his candid images of athletes, performers, and everyday people helped broaden the boundaries of an emerging genre. 

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