n°195/ Astonish us!

November 2015

by Nathalie Azoulai

There was a time when what would become the great photographers of the Western world all came from Eastern Europe. Along with Brassaï, Kertész or Blumenfeld, Philippe Halsman was born far from New York, in Latvia. For more than 30 years he worked on ‘jumpology’, which consisted in taking photos of famous people jumping as a way of obtaining more natural and spontaneous pictures of his subjects. Indeed he shot the greatest stars and insisted on showing a shaggy Marilyn Monroe or some splashing cats surrounding Dali. As if still photography was running for springing movement. But his body of work is also highly diverse and keeps on exploring the numerous possibilities of the photographic medium. This Paris Jeu de Paume retrospective so-called "Astonish me!" showcases till January, 24, some 300 exclusive images and original documents that shed a new light on this atypical artist. Let's jump to it!

 Philippe Halsman