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 Dwight Eisenhower & John Gunther, Author 1948

Dwight Eisenhower & John Gunther, Author 1948

Portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower, President, with author John Gunther, in 1948, as identified in pencil on the reverse. Original 14 x 11 silver...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Emily Post at Work with Assistant

Emily Post at Work with Assistant

Emily Post (c. October 27, 1872 – September 25, 1960) was an American author famous for writing about etiquette. Post was born Emily Price in...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Emily Post Pouring Tea

Emily Post Pouring Tea

Emily Post (c. October 27, 1872 – September 25, 1960) was an American author famous for writing about etiquette. Post was born Emily Price in...
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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 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 Marc Chagall at Play

Marc Chagall at Play

Marc Zakharovich Chagall (born Moishe Zakharovich Shagal; 6 July 1887 – 28 March 1985) was a Russian-French artist of Belarusian Jewish origin. An...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Marc Chagall at Work by Philippe Halsman

Marc Chagall at Work by Philippe Halsman

Marc Zakharovich Chagall (born Moishe Zakharovich Shagal; 6 July [O.S. 24 June] 1887 – 28 March 1985) was a Russian-French artist of Belarusian...
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