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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Philippe Halsman 0 Marion Anderson Singing 1958

Marion Anderson Singing 1958

Marian Anderson (February 27, 1897 – April 8, 1993) was an American singer. Anderson was one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Photo Montage

Photo Montage

Unusual Halsman of Mary Ellen Slate, for whom I cannot locate a biography. Dated 1945.
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Philippe Halsman 0 Anna Maria Alberghetti

Anna Maria Alberghetti

Born in Pesaro, Marche, in central Italy, she starred on Broadway and won a Tony Award in 1962 as Best Actress (Musical) for Carnival![3] (she tied...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner

Ava Lavinia Gardner (December 24, 1922 – January 25, 1990) was an American actress and singer. She was signed to a contract with...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Begum Khan 1955

Begum Khan 1955

Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan (15 February 1906 – 1 July 2000) was the fourth and last wife of Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III. The couple...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Bishop James Pike

Bishop James Pike

James Albert Pike (February 14, 1913 – c. September 3–7, 1969) was an American Episcopal bishop, prolific writer, and one of the first mainline...
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Philippe Halsman 0 David Merrick

David Merrick

Born David Lee Margulois to Jewish parents in St. Louis, Missouri, Merrick graduated from Washington University, then studied law at the Jesuit-run...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Dr. Benjamin Spock

Dr. Benjamin Spock

Benjamin McLane Spock (May 2, 1903 – March 15, 1998) was an American pediatrician whose book Baby and Child Care (1946) is one of the best-sellers...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Dr. Jonas Salk

Dr. Jonas Salk

Jonas Edward Salk (October 28, 1914 – June 23, 1995) was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the...
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