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 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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Philippe Halsman 0 Salvador Dali Drawing on an Easil

Salvador Dali Drawing on an Easil

Salvador Dalí (11 May 1904 – 23 January 1989), known professionally as Salvador Dalí; Spanish: was a prominent Spanish surrealist born in...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Salvador Dali with Well Waxed Mustache

Salvador Dali with Well Waxed Mustache

Salvador Dalí (11 May 1904 – 23 January 1989), known professionally as Salvador Dalí; Spanish: was a prominent Spanish surrealist born in...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Wide Eyed Salvador Dali

Wide Eyed Salvador Dali

Salvador Dalí (11 May 1904 – 23 January 1989), known professionally as Salvador Dalí; Spanish: was a prominent Spanish surrealist born in...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Princess Grace & Prince Rainier with children

Princess Grace & Prince Rainier with children

Casual photo in 1959 of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco with two of their children on board a ship. Grace Patricia Kelly (November 12, 1929...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Bob Hope

Bob Hope

Leslie Townes Hope, (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003) known professionally as Bob Hope, was an American stand-up comedian, vaudevillian, actor,...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Nancy Davis aka Nancy Reagan

Nancy Davis aka Nancy Reagan

Nancy Davis Reagan (born Anne Frances Robbins; July 6, 1921 – March 6, 2016) was an American film actress and the wife of Ronald Reagan, the 40th...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso Joined in a Photo Montage

Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso Joined in a Photo Montage

Salvador Dalí (11 May 1904 – 23 January 1989), known professionally as Salvador Dalí; Spanish: was a prominent Spanish surrealist born in...
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Philippe Halsman 0 Salvadore Dali

Salvadore Dali

Salvador Dalí (11 May 1904 – 23 January 1989), known professionally as Salvador Dalí; Spanish: was a prominent Spanish surrealist born in...
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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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