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 Halsman's Photo of Dali's - The Persistence of Memory – 1931

Halsman's Photo of Dali's - The Persistence of Memory – 1931

The Spanish painter Salvador Dali remains one of the most controversial and paradoxical artists of the twentieth century. Over last few decades,...
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Halsman 0 Hazel Scott & Adam Clayton Powell Wedding Pic by Phlippe Halsman

Hazel Scott & Adam Clayton Powell Wedding Pic by Phlippe Halsman

Hazel Dorothy Scott (June 11, 1920 – October 2, 1981) was an internationally known, American jazz and classical pianist and singer; she also...
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Halsman 0 Helen Hayes by Philippe Halsman 1951

Helen Hayes by Philippe Halsman 1951

Helen Hayes Brown (October 10, 1900 – March 17, 1993) was an American actress whose career spanned almost 80 years. She eventually garnered...
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Halsman 0 Helen Hayes, First Lady of the Theater by Phlippe Halman

Helen Hayes, First Lady of the Theater by Phlippe Halman

Helen Hayes Brown (October 10, 1900 – March 17, 1993) was an American actress whose career spanned almost 80 years. She eventually garnered...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Jean Genet by Philippe Halsman, 1951

Jean Genet by Philippe Halsman, 1951

Jean Genet (French: 19 December 1910 – 15 April 1986) was a French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. Early in his life...
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Philippe Halsman 0 John Dos Passos

John Dos Passos

John Roderigo Dos Passos (January 14, 1896 – September 28, 1970) was an American novelist, most notable for his U.S.A. trilogy, written in...
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Philippe Halsman 0 John Kenneth Galbraith 1959

John Kenneth Galbraith 1959

John Kenneth Galbraith (October 15, 1908 - April 29, 2006), also known as Ken Galbraith, was a Canadian-born economist, public official, and...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Kenneth B. Clark, African American Psychologist

Kenneth B. Clark, African American Psychologist

Kenneth Bancroft Clark (July 14, 1914 – May 1, 2005) was an African-American psychologist who conducted important research among children and was...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Laurence Olivier & Vivian Leigh

Laurence Olivier & Vivian Leigh

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron (22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an English actor and director who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson and...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Lizbeth Scott

Lizbeth Scott

Lizbeth Scott was born Emma Matzo on September 29, 1922 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the oldest of six children of Mary (Pennock) and John Matzo, who...
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