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 Marc Chagall by Philippe Halsman

Marc Chagall 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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Philippe Halsman 0 Marc Chagall with Pottery

Marc Chagall with Pottery

Marc Chagall (1887 – 28 March 1985) was a Russian-French artist of Belarusian Jewish origin. An early modernist, he was associated with several...
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Halsman 0 Marc Chagall, by Phlippe Halsman c. 1951

Marc Chagall, by Phlippe Halsman c. 1951

Marc Zakharovich Chagall - 6 July [O.S. 24 June] 1887 – 28 March 1985) was a Belarussian-Russian-French artist. Art critic Robert Hughes...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Marion Anderson 1944

Marion Anderson 1944

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 Marion Anderson by Phlippe Halsman c. 1945

Marion Anderson by Phlippe Halsman c. 1945

Marion Anderson was an African-American contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. Anderson became an important...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Martha Graham 1946 "Dark Meadows"

Martha Graham 1946 "Dark Meadows"

Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer. Her style, the Graham technique, reshaped American...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak

Maurice Bernard Sendak (June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012) was an American illustrator and writer of children's books. He became widely known for his...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Red Skelton

Red Skelton

Richard "Red" Skelton (July 18, 1913 – September 17, 1997) was an American comedy entertainer. He was best known for his national radio and...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Sammy Davis, Jr. 1965

Sammy Davis, Jr. 1965

Samuel George Davis Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990) was an American singer, musician, dancer, actor, vaudevillian and comedian. He was noted...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Sinclair Lewis 1949

Sinclair Lewis 1949

Harry Sinclair Lewis (February 7, 1885 – January 10, 1951) was an American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. In 1930, he became the...
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