Philippe Halsman is one of the major American photographers of the second half of the twentieth century. His perceptive portraits of politicians, artists, intellectuals graced over a hundred covers of LIFE magazine, as well as publications Look, Esquire, The Saturday Evening Post, Paris Match. The exhibition will display 50 photographs by Halsman, including his most famous scenes created in collaboration with Salvador Dali – "Dali Atomicus".
Philippe Halsman was born in Riga to a Jewish family. Before professional photography, he studied engineering in Dresden. In the early 1930s, Halsman moved to the art center of the time – Paris, where he soon established his own Studio. In Paris, Halsman began to actively published in magazines: "Vogue", "Vu" and "Voilà". Lens designed twin-lens reflex camera with Andre Malraux, Paul valéry, Marc Chagall, Andre Gide, Le Corbusier.
By 1940, Philippe Halsman became one of the most famous photoportrait in France. However, after Hitler's occupation of Paris, Halsman was forced to leave the country and move to USA – with the help of albert Einstein (Halsman photo which will make only after seven years). In America, Philippe Halsman immediately became popular: he shoots an ad campaign for fashion house Elizabeth Arden, and in 1942 the beginning of his close collaboration with the iconic LIFE magazine.
Since the beginning of 1950-ies Halsman began to shoot the first footage from the series, which is then called simply and aptly "Jump" (the Jump). Years later it is a series of "Jump" will be one of the most associated with the name of the photographer. At the end of each shooting, he asked the heroes to hop in the frame. Its a trivial request, he explained that "when a person jumps, his attention is mostly aimed at the jump, the mask falls and there is his true face".
Among the "podprygnuvshie" – family of Henry Ford, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Marilyn Monroe, grace Kelly, Richard Nixon, Marc Chagall, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Muhammad Ali and many others. In 1959 Philippe Halsman released the book "Jump," which became a classic of photography.