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Philippe  Halsman

 Philippe Halsman (1906-1979) was born in Riga, Latvia and began his photographic career in Paris. In 1934 he opened a portrait studio in Montparnasse, where he photographed many well-known artists and writers — including André Gide, Marc Chagall, Le Corbusier, and André Malraux, using an innovative twin-lens reflex camera that he designed himself.
Part of the great talent of artists and intellectuals who fled the Nazis, Halsman arrived in the United States with his young family in 1940, having obtained an emergency visa through the intervention of Albert Einstein.Halsman’s prolific career in America over the next 30 years included reportage and covers for every major American magazine. These assignments brought him face-to-face with many of the century’s leading statesmen, scientists, artists and entertainers. His incisive portraits appeared on 101 covers for LIFE magazine, a record no other photographer could match.Part of Halsman’s success was his joie de vivre and his imagination combined with his technological prowess. In 1945 he was elected the first president of the American Society of Magazine Photographers (ASMP), where he led the fight to protect photographers’ creative and professional rights.
  In 1958 Halsman’s colleagues named him one of the World’s Ten Greatest Photographers. From 1971 to 1976 he taught a seminar at The New School entitled “Psychological Portraiture.”Halsman began a thirty-seven year collaboration with another artist Salvador Dali in 1941 which resulted in a stream of unusual “photographs of ideas,” including “Dali Atomicus” and the “Dali’s Mustache” series. In the early 1950s, Halsman began to ask his subjects to jump for his camera at the conclusion of each sitting. These uniquely witty and energetic images have become an important part of his photographic legacy.Writing in 1972, Halsman spoke of his fascination with the human face. “Every face I see seems to hide – and sometimes fleetingly to reveal – the mystery of another human being. Capturing this revelation became the goal and passion of my life.”

 This is one of the many photos Halsman shot, and I like it because a lot of his pieces, you look at them and your like ” what the heck?” or ” that’s so weird” and it forces people to imagine/create the purpose/outcome of the photo and why the artist choose to shoot that and the vision they had while they were doing so.
   Again This photo is so odd, which makes people think and wonder what came into his mind for them to think of the position he wanted the people to stand and the objects, he allowed in the photo and the use for them. It’s such a different type of art which makes Halsman so unique as a photographer.

  I like this photo because of the old timey quality to it. It also shows off how women dressed in that era of time and the ” models” they were looking for then and now is such a drastic difference so it’s always interesting to compare the uniqueness of a photographer and how each one has a different way of doing things.

  Back at it with the weirdness, You look and the photo and you’re like ” wait, what?” and I love it because of the range of reaction he must’ve had from shots like this. I would love to see peoples first initial reaction to this when it was released.


  One of the main reasons I like this photo is because i’m a huge fan of his boxing and back then the boxer was taken very seriously so for Halsman to have a shot of him acting exactly the opposite of the way people viewed him, I thought that was pretty cool.