Benito Mussolini, 1935
The series of photos of Benito Mussolini, the dictator of fascist Italy, was taken at the Stresa Conference, where England and France made a last-ditch effort to woo Mussolini away from Hitler’s influence. Hidden behind a wall of security, I succeeded in taking a few shots with my inconspicuous camera.
Benito Mussolini, 1935
This photo not only became a cover of Newsweek Magazine, but one of Aigner's most controversial and widely published pictures ever. Photographers had been barred from the Conference itself but he caught Il Duce in this off-guard pose at the railroad station. Mussolini, a show-off and "poseur", rarely let himself be caught in such an unbecoming pose.
Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, 1942
Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong in a swing version of “A Midsummer Night's Dream” at Rockefeller Center.
Mayor LaGuardia, 1936
His Honor Fiorello LaGuardia, “The Little Flower,” chats on the steps of New York City Hall with Mayors in town for a convention.
Norman Rockwell, 1964
An American icon, Norman Rockwell lived just down the road from Aigner in Stockbridge, MA. As a world-famous illustrator of prewar American life who captured the human, sentimental, at times corny elements of American life, Aigner spent a day with him in his studio while he was working on a poster for the Boy Scouts of America.
The Fuehrer's Smirk, 1936
Aigner photographed Adolf Hitler in Garmisch Partenkirchen at the Winter Olympics of 1936. From the second floor balcony, he was reviewing the parade of participating athletes. Grouped by nations, they marched past, dipping their flags in a massive international show of recognition. He acknowledged every salute with a lazy lift of his arm. It was snowing heavily and he was 30 feet or so from the Fuehrer.
The Million Dollar Legs- Sonja Henie
Three-time Olympic figure-skating champion, Sonja Henie, the Norwegian star of the Ice Follies, was known for her short temper. But with Aigner, she couldn’t have been more patient. He had a daring idea: to shoot her million-dollar legs in action close-ups, dramatized by artistic lighting. She skated into action and the focus of camera and lights – and, then, freezing a fraction of a second for a short-time exposure.