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Halsman, Philippe (1906 - 1979)

Philippe Halsman was brought up in a wealthy Austrian Jewish family and led a tranquil existence until summer 1928 when a mountain hike turned into tragedy after the discovery of his father’s dead body. The anti-Semitic country accused the young Philippe of having murdered his father and it was only thanks to his sister’s rallying of personalities such as Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud that he was released from prison in 1931. He settled in Paris and promptly depicted numerous artists such as Marc Chagall and Le Corbusier before moving to New York in 1940 and working for Life magazine. Not only does he become the revealing portraitist of celebrities, ingeniously capturing Alfred Hitchcock with a crow perched on his cigar and Jean Cocteau as a versatile creative. An innovative story-teller, Philippe Halsman experiments thoroughly and finds in Salvador Dali, an eccentric accomplice. He also creates the « jumpology » concept, inviting his sitters to be captured while jumping, eager to represent spontaneous and candid portraits, dropping their masks. In his images, no trace of his youth affliction, he let go of his personal drama and highlighted his photographs with joy and humour.

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Philippe Halsman, Aldous Huxley, 1958
Philippe Halsman, Aldous Huxley, 1958
Philippe Halsman, Audrey Hepburn, 1955
Philippe Halsman, Audrey Hepburn, 1955
Philippe Halsman, Ballet on Beach, 1948
Philippe Halsman, Ballet on Beach, 1948
Philippe Halsman, Benny Goodman, 1957
Philippe Halsman, Benny Goodman, 1957
Philippe Halsman, Brigitte Bardot, 1951
Philippe Halsman, Brigitte Bardot, 1951
Philippe Halsman, Edward Villela, 1961
Philippe Halsman, Edward Villela, 1961
Philippe Halsman, Diana Dors, 1956
Philippe Halsman, Diana Dors, 1956
Philippe Halsman, Grace Kelly, 1954
Philippe Halsman, Grace Kelly, 1954
Philippe Halsman, Eva Marie Saint, 1954
Philippe Halsman, Eva Marie Saint, 1954
Philippe Halsman, Janet Leigh, 1951
Philippe Halsman, Janet Leigh, 1951
Philippe Halsman, Madame Muth, Paris, 1938
Philippe Halsman, Madame Muth, Paris, 1938
Philippe Halsman, Harold Lloyd, 1950
Philippe Halsman, Harold Lloyd, 1950
Philippe Halsman, Jean Seberg with Cat, 1959
Philippe Halsman, Jean Seberg with Cat, 1959
Philippe Halsman, Salvador Dali, Atomicus, 1948
Philippe Halsman, Salvador Dali, Atomicus, 1948
Philippe Halsman, Jayne Mansfield, 1953
Philippe Halsman, Jayne Mansfield, 1953
Philippe Halsman, Hollywood starlets: Top row: Lois Maxwell, Suzanne Dalbert and Ricky Soma, Middle row: Laurette Luez, Jane Nigh and Dolores Gardner, Bottom row: Marilyn Monroe and Cathy Downs, 1949
Philippe Halsman, Hollywood starlets: Top row: Lois Maxwell, Suzanne Dalbert and Ricky Soma, Middle row: Laurette Luez, Jane Nigh and Dolores Gardner, Bottom row: Marilyn Monroe and Cathy Downs, 1949
Philippe Halsman, Tippi Hedren, Hollywood, 1962
Philippe Halsman, Tippi Hedren, Hollywood, 1962
Philippe Halsman, Marilyn Monroe, 1950s
Philippe Halsman, Marilyn Monroe, 1950s
Philippe Halsman, Marilyn Monroe with Hamburger, 1950s
Philippe Halsman, Marilyn Monroe with Hamburger, 1950s
Philippe Halsman, Marilyn Monroe, Life Cover Variant, 1952
Philippe Halsman, Marilyn Monroe, Life Cover Variant, 1952
Philippe Halsman, Marilyn Monroe, 1950s
Philippe Halsman, Marilyn Monroe, 1950s
Philippe Halsman, Vladimir Nabokov, 1968
Philippe Halsman, Vladimir Nabokov, 1968
Philippe Halsman, Andy Warhol with his Factory Group, 1968
Philippe Halsman, Andy Warhol with his Factory Group, 1968
Philippe Halsman, Marilyn Crying, 1950
Philippe Halsman, Marilyn Crying, 1950
Philippe Halsman, Einstein with Children, 1949
Philippe Halsman, Einstein with Children, 1949
Philippe Halsman, Dali Cyclops, 1953
Philippe Halsman, Dali Cyclops, 1953
Philippe Halsman, Marilyn at the Door, 1953
Philippe Halsman, Marilyn at the Door, 1953
Philippe Halsman, Fernandel, the french man, 1953
Philippe Halsman, Fernandel, the french man, 1953
Philippe Halsman, Dali's Moustache, 1954
Philippe Halsman, Dali's Moustache, 1954
Philippe Halsman, Edward Steichen, 1959
Philippe Halsman, Edward Steichen, 1959
Philippe Halsman, Jean Cocteau's Painting Comes to Life, 1949
Philippe Halsman, Jean Cocteau's Painting Comes to Life, 1949
Philippe Halsman, In Voluptas Mors, 1951
Philippe Halsman, In Voluptas Mors, 1951
Philippe Halsman, John Steinbeck, 1953
Philippe Halsman, John Steinbeck, 1953
Philippe Halsman, John Steinbeck, 1953
Philippe Halsman, John Steinbeck, 1953
Philippe Halsman, Georgia O'Keefe, 1948
Philippe Halsman, Georgia O'Keefe, 1948
Philippe Halsman, Marilyn Monroe, 1959
Philippe Halsman, Marilyn Monroe, 1959
Philippe Halsman, Alfred Hitchcock for the promotion of the film
Philippe Halsman, Alfred Hitchcock for the promotion of the film "The Birds", 1962
Philippe Halsman, The Versatile Jean Cocteau, 1949
Philippe Halsman, The Versatile Jean Cocteau, 1949
Philippe Halsman, Tippi Hedren for the promotion of the film
Philippe Halsman, Tippi Hedren for the promotion of the film "The Birds" directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1962
Philippe Halsman, Salvador Dali, 1946
Philippe Halsman, Salvador Dali, 1946
Philippe Halsman,
Philippe Halsman, "Aquacade", Florida, 1953
Philippe Halsman, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, 1951
Philippe Halsman, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, 1951
Philippe Halsman, Grace Kelly, 1955
Philippe Halsman, Grace Kelly, 1955
Philippe Halsman, Anthony Perkins, 1959
Philippe Halsman, Anthony Perkins, 1959
Philippe Halsman, Jacques Tati, 1954
Philippe Halsman, Jacques Tati, 1954
Philippe Halsman, Barbra Streisand, New York, in her apartment for a Cosmopolitain magazine cover shoot, 1965
Philippe Halsman, Barbra Streisand, New York, in her apartment for a Cosmopolitain magazine cover shoot, 1965
Philippe Halsman, Merce Cunningham and Martha Graham, 1947
Philippe Halsman, Merce Cunningham and Martha Graham, 1947
Philippe Halsman, Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren for
Philippe Halsman, Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren for "The Birds", 1962
Philippe Halsman, Salvador Dali with models for
Philippe Halsman, Salvador Dali with models for "In Voluptate Mors", 1951
Philippe Halsman, Salvador Dali with models for
Philippe Halsman, Salvador Dali with models for "In Voluptate Mors", 1951
Philippe Halsman, Salvador Dali, 1952
Philippe Halsman, Salvador Dali, 1952
Philippe Halsman, Salvador Dali, 1954
Philippe Halsman, Salvador Dali, 1954
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Fernandel, 1948
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Fernandel, 1948
Philippe Halsman, Salvador Dali and Mia Farrow, c. 1960s
Philippe Halsman, Salvador Dali and Mia Farrow, c. 1960s
Philippe Halsmann, Alfred Hitchcock's head and his wife Alma, 1974
Philippe Halsmann, Alfred Hitchcock's head and his wife Alma, 1974
Philippe Halsman, Lauren Bacall, 1944
Philippe Halsman, Lauren Bacall, 1944
Philippe Halsman, Enrica
Philippe Halsman, Enrica "Ricki" Soma, 1946
Philippe Halsman, Brigitte Bardot, 1951
Philippe Halsman, Brigitte Bardot, 1951
Philippe Halsman, Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow, 1969
Philippe Halsman, Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow, 1969
Philippe Halsman, Shirley MacLaine, 1960's
Philippe Halsman, Shirley MacLaine, 1960's
Philippe Halsman, Audrey Hepburn, 1955
Philippe Halsman, Audrey Hepburn, 1955
Philippe Halsman, Louis Armstrong, 1966
Philippe Halsman, Louis Armstrong, 1966
Philippe Halsman, Albert Einstein, 1947
Philippe Halsman, Albert Einstein, 1947
Philippe Halsman, Frank Sinatra, 1944
Philippe Halsman, Frank Sinatra, 1944
Philippe Halsman, The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, 1958
Philippe Halsman, The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, 1958
Philippe Halsman, Muhammad Ali, 1964
Philippe Halsman, Muhammad Ali, 1964
Philippe Halsman, Robert Kennedy and one of his children, 1967
Philippe Halsman, Robert Kennedy and one of his children, 1967
Philippe Halsman, Bobby Fischer, US chess champion, 1967
Philippe Halsman, Bobby Fischer, US chess champion, 1967
Philippe Halsman, Clint Eastwood for
Philippe Halsman, Clint Eastwood for "Magnum Force" directed by Ted Post, 1973
Philippe Halsman, Self-Portrait, c.1950
Philippe Halsman, Self-Portrait, c.1950
Philippe Halsman, The Halsman family: Jane, Yvonne, Philippe and Irène, 1950
Philippe Halsman, The Halsman family: Jane, Yvonne, Philippe and Irène, 1950
Philippe Halsman, Mia Farrow, 1964
Philippe Halsman, Mia Farrow, 1964
Philippe Halsman, Joan Baez, 1967
Philippe Halsman, Joan Baez, 1967
Philippe Halsman, Andy Warhol, 1968
Philippe Halsman, Andy Warhol, 1968
Philippe Halsman, Connie Ford, 1942
Philippe Halsman, Connie Ford, 1942
Philippe Halsman, John Huston, 1966
Philippe Halsman, John Huston, 1966
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