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Philippe Halsman | the artist



The artist Philippe Halsman
Born May 2 1906, Riga, Latvia.
Died 1979, New York, USA.
Style and technique of the artist: Photography,


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Philippe Halsman artworks on eBay
Original artworks, prints, exhibition posters, monographs, books, collectibles.

I love the collaborations Philippe Halsman did with Dali and I’m trying to put them all in one place for later reference. I think I’m missing a couple. I know there’s an underwater one, but now I can’t seem to refind it online…

Portraits

Many works online

From the 1940s through the 1970s, Philippe Halsman’s sparkling portraits of celebrities, intellectuals, and politicians appeared on the covers and pages of the big picture magazines, including Look, Esquire, the Saturday Evening Post, Paris Match, and especially Life…

Philippe Halsman, with an unsurpassed 101 LIFE magazine covers to his credit, had the bold and unconventional idea back in the 1950’s to ask the famous and prominent people he was commissioned to photograph for the likes of LIFE, LOOK and the Saturday Evening Post, once the formal sessions were over, to jump!  The results were amazing, as each subject interpreted this bizarre request in their own unique way, often defying their typical public image…

Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Salvador Dali, Weegee, Jack Dempsey and even the Duke and Duchess of Windsor agreed to take a leap of faith.  In that era of live television along with the popularity of the big glossy magazines, one’s image was not nearly as protected and shaped by handlers as it is today.  There was a feeling of innocence, a desire for spontaneity, and Halsman, with his playful and charming personality, knew he had to get almost everyone to oblige his demand:  JUMP…