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photographer , photojournalist

Lucien L. Aigner, Hungarian writer, photographer. Recipient Leica award, 1936, Art Director's award, 1941, Good Citizen award Freedom Inc., 1958, National Endowment Arts, 1975, 77; named Chevalier French Order Arts and Letters, 1986. Member Professional Photographers American (life, master). Lodge: Rotary (former chairman International Student Exchange).


Aigner, Lucien L. was born on September 14, 1901 in Ersekujvar, Hungary. Came to the United States, 1939. Son of Adolf and Carola (Stern) Aigner.


Student, Prague University, Czechoslovakia, 1920. Student, Friedrich-Wilhelm University, Berlin, 1922. Bachelor of Laws, University Budapest, Hungary, 1924.

Postgraduate, Columbia University, 1942. Postgraduate, Winona School Photography, 1957.


Aigner's first camera, a Brownie, was acquired at age nine and was used to photograph his family. During this time, Aigner became a Leica user. 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 an important photojournalist. In 1941 he emigrated from France to the United States to escape Nazi persecution. 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. Lucien Aigner was the older brother of fashionable leather-goods manufacturer Etienne Aigner.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Are We to Disarm, 1931. Co-author illustrator autobiography Lucien Aigner, 1979, Aigner's Paris, 1982. Exhibited in one-man shows at International Museum Photography, Rochester, New York, 1973, International Center Photography, New York City, 1979, Musee Carnavalet, Paris, 1981-1982, Kunsthaus, Zurich, 1985, Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne, 1986, Museum Modern Art, Stockholm, 1982, Nagase Photo Salon, Tokyo, 1982.

      Contributor articles to magazines, newspapers internationally.


By 1926, Aigner was a reporter for Az Est, the Hungarian newspaper group, and soon became a photographer with them.


Member Professional Photographers American (life, master). Lodge: Rotary (former chairman International Student Exchange).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: movie making, concert reading of poetry and scripture, playwriting, dramatics.


Married Anne Lenard, November 19, 1932 (divorced 1953). Children: John, Steven, Anne-Marie Rowan, Katherine Collins. Married Mildred A. Allen, July 2, 1955.

Adolf Aigner

Carola (Stern) Aigner

Anne Lenard

Mildred A. Allen

John Aigner

Steven Aigner

Anne-Marie Rowan Aigner

Katherine Collins Aigner