Philippe Halsman

Philippe Halsman (2 May 1906 Riga, Latvia - 25 June 1979 New York City) was a Latvian-born American portrait photographer. Born to a Jewish family, he became a photographer in Paris in 1931. He began contributing to fashion magazines such as Vogue and soon gained a reputation as one of the best portrait photographers in France renowned for his sharp, dark images, shunning the old soft focus look. When France was invaded, Halsman fled to Marseille and eventually managed to obtain a U.S. visa, aided by family friend Albert Einstein (whom he later famously photographed in 1947). In 1941 Halsman met the surrealist artist Salvador Dalí and they began collaborating in the late 1940s. In 1951 Halsman was commissioned by NBC to photograph various popular comedians of the time including Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Groucho Marx, and Bob Hope. While photographing the comedians doing their acts he captured many of the comedians in mid air which went on to inspire many later jump pictures. His 1961 book Halsman on the Creation of Photographic Ideas, discussed ways for photographers to produce unusual pieces of work, by following three rules: "the rule of the unusual technique", "the rule of the added unusual feature" and "the rule of the missing feature". Other celebrities photographed by Halsman include Alfred Hitchcock, Judy Garland, Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, Dorothy Dandridge, and Pablo Picasso. Many of those photographs appeared on front covers of Life. In 1958 Halsman was listed in Popular Photography's "World's Ten Greatest Photographers", and in 1975 he received the "Life Achievement in Photography Award" from the American Society of Magazine Photographers.



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Philippe Halsman 0 Ray Sosa and his Grandmother 1954

Ray Sosa and his Grandmother 1954

No idea who Ray Sosa was, or his grandmother. 14" x 11" original silver print with Halsman's stamp on the reverse. Date 1954.
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Philippe Halsman 0 Vivian Leigh 1946

Vivian Leigh 1946

Vivien Leigh (born Vivian Mary Hartley, and also known as Lady Olivier after 1947; 5 November 1913 – 8 July 1967) was an English stage and film...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Carole Channing 1953

Carole Channing 1953

Carol Elaine Channing (born January 31, 1921) is an American actress, singer, dancer and comedian. Notable for starring in Broadway and film...
$300.00

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Halsman 0 Gertrude Laurence in Soldier's Costume

Gertrude Laurence in Soldier's Costume

British born actress Gertrude Laurence in a costume likely used for one of her performances entertaining British troops during WW II. This is an...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Marta Toren 1949

Marta Toren 1949

Märta Torén (21 May 1925 – 19 February 1957) was a Swedish stage and film actress of the 1940s and 1950s. After attending the Royal Dramatic...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Salvador Dali Montage of Newspaper Clipping by Philippe Halsman

Salvador Dali Montage of Newspaper Clipping by Philippe Halsman

Strange image of a ? Well you look at it and make what you will. Looks like Dali's face was cut out and pasted onto the newsprint in collage fashion....
$300.00

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Philippe Halsman 0 Bernard Baruch

Bernard Baruch

Bernard Mannes Baruch (August 19, 1870 – June 20, 1965) was an American financier, stock investor, philanthropist, statesman, and political...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Connie Mack, 1945

Connie Mack, 1945

Cornelius McGillicuddy (December 22, 1862 – February 8, 1956), better known as Connie Mack, was an American professional baseball catcher, manager,...
$400.00

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Philippe Halsman 0 Eartha Kitt 1954

Eartha Kitt 1954

Eartha Kitt (January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008) was an American singer, actress, dancer, activist and comedian, known for her highly distinctive...
$400.00

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Philippe Halsman 0 Gentleman Prefer Blondes, 1949

Gentleman Prefer Blondes, 1949

"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" is a musical with a book by Joseph Fields and Anita Loos, lyrics by Leo Robin, and music by Jule Styne, based on the...
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