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 Sinclair Lewis 1949 (2)

Sinclair Lewis 1949 (2)

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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Philippe Halsman 0 Theadore Sorenson

Theadore Sorenson

Sorensen was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, the son of Christian A. Sorensen (1890 - 1959), who served as Nebraska attorney general (1929–33), and...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Three Models in Bathing Suits 1944

Three Models in Bathing Suits 1944

Unidentified models in bathing suits with a date of 1944 written in pencil on the reverse below Halsman's stamp. Original silver print 14 x 11 with...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Virginia Haggard, Lover of Marc Chagall & their Son, David

Virginia Haggard, Lover of Marc Chagall & their Son, David

Virginia Haggard was the daughter of a former British consul in the U.S. When they met, Chagall was 58 years old, Virginia – 30. The artist could...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Vladimir Nobokov

Vladimir Nobokov

Vladimir Nabokov (Russian: [10 April] 1899 – 2 July 1977] was a Russian-American novelist, poet, translator and entomologist. His first nine novels...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Audrey Hepburn in Ondine

Audrey Hepburn in Ondine

Audrey Hepburn starred alongside Mel Ferrer in Ondine at the 46th Street Theatre. The show opened on February 18,1954, and earned Hepburn a Tony...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Dr. Robert Oppenheimer

Dr. Robert Oppenheimer

Julius Robert Oppenheimer (April 22, 1904 – February 18, 1967) was an American theoretical physicist and professor of physics at the University of...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Edward, Duke of Windsor 1947

Edward, Duke of Windsor 1947

Edward VIII (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David; 23 June 1894 – 28 May 1972) was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of...
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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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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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