Artist of the moment……Philippe Halsman

Philippe Halsman was a wonderful photographer born in Rigi of the old Russian Empire in 1906. His father was a dentist and his mother a school principle.

A fun clip here involves Phillipe Halsman playing with shapes of Dali’s mustache.

In 1928 he went hiking with his dad in the Alps of Austria. His father ended up dying and he was charged with killing his dad. Halsman spent four years in prison and upon his release in 1931 could no longer stay in the country. Halsman moved to France.

When he first moved to France built a reputation of shooting portraits whilst working for Vogue magazine. Halsman was very successful as a commercial photographer appearing in LIFE magazine.

Made some interesting collaborative work with Salvador Dali in the 1940s.

A short detailed biography of Phillipe Halsman.

Halsman shot many celebrities of the day including Marilyn Monroe, Milton Berle, Richard Nixon, and Bob Hope.  Halsman also photographed the royal family of England and other political celebrities Winston Churchill and John F. Kennedy.

Another well renown series of Halsman is that which asks people to jump. The artist loved doing this as it brought the real people out. To quote Halman ,” When you ask a person to jump, his attention is directed towards the art of jumping and the mask falls so that the real person appears.”

Phillipe Halsman passed away in 1979 at the age of 73 years of  age.

Price range information: Works range from $700 to $100,000.

We will close with a great montage of shots from the Jump series of Halsman. As he stated, its easy to see the real personality come out!


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