Lucien Aigner studied at Prague University, Friedrich-Wilhelm University and University Budapest.
His first camera, a Brownie, was acquired at age nine and was used to photograph his family. By 1926, Aigner was a reporter for Az Est, the Hungarian newspaper group, and soon became a photographer with them. During this time, Aigner started using a Leica camera.
As the Paris correspondent of the London General Press at the Stresa Conference of 1935, Aigner photographed Benito Mussolini, who was about to sneeze as the picture was taken. The photo made the cover of Newsweek in 1940, and established Aigner as a photojournalist. In 1941 he emigrated from France to the United States to escape Nazi persecution.
Lucien L. Aigner then spent time at Princeton University taking photographs of Albert Einstein. The photos of Einstein are among Aigner's most famous, and were reportedly Einstein's favorite photos of himself.
He died in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Paris Protects its Inhabitants Against Gas Attacks1934
Paris Cafés: Landmarks of Paris Life
Night Races at Longchamps, a Gala Event of Paris Society
Mussolini at Stresa1935
Harlem restaurant owner standing under1939
Winston Churchill learning abut his re-elec
La paix, la guerre1930
At the Le Touquet railroad station
A family arrives in the big city, Paris
Prime Minister Andre Tardieu
Balloon vendor at Champs-Élysées1930
Last express to the suburbs
Lorin Maazel, Age 11, conducts the NBC Sum.
A View of Manhattan from the Ferry
Leniel Hooker, Max Manning, Jim Brown, and manager Raleigh
Married Anne Lenard, November 19, 1932 (divorced 1953). Children: John, Steven, Anne-Marie Rowan, Katherine Collins. Married Mildred A. Allen, July 2, 1955.