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.