Philippe Halsman  (American, 1906-1979) 

During his lifetime, Phillipe Halsman (American, 1906–1979) produced portraits of iconic individuals that graced the pages and covers of popular publications, such as Life and Vogue. Through these images he became one of the most significant and recognizable photographers of the mid-20th century. Born in Riga, Latvia, Halsman initially studied electrical engineering in Dresden before moving to Paris, where he set up his first photography studio. While in France, Halsman gained notoriety for his bold, sharp images that broke from previous tradition of fuzzy romanticized portraiture. With the help of his close friend Albert Einstein, Halsman was able to escape Europe during the war and immigrate to New York in 1940. While in New York, Halsman started collaborations with other émigré artists, such as Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904–1989), with whom he collaborated to create two of his most famous images, Dalí Atomicus and Voluptas Mors. In 1958, Halsman was listed by Popular Photography as one of the World's 10 Greatest Photographers, and in 1975 he received the Life Achievement in Photography Award from the American Society of Magazine Photographers. His work is part of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, among many others.

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Philippe Halsman, Dali Clock Face


Philippe Halsman
Dali Clock Face

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Philippe Halsman, Aquacade, Florida


Philippe Halsman
Aquacade, Florida

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Philippe Halsman, Poet, artist and filmmaker Jean Cocteau with American actress Ricki Soma and American dancer Leo Coleman


Philippe Halsman
Poet, artist and filmmaker Jean Cocteau with American actress Ricki Soma and American dancer Leo Coleman

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Philippe Halsman, Spanish painter Salvador Dali


Philippe Halsman
Spanish painter Salvador Dali

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Philippe Halsman, Tippi Hedren


Philippe Halsman
Tippi Hedren

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Philippe Halsman, American actors Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis


Philippe Halsman
American actors Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis

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Philippe Halsman, Jean Cocteau, "The blind poet believes that he is the Emperor of China"


Philippe Halsman
Jean Cocteau, "The blind poet believes that he is the Emperor of China"

Keith de Lellis Gallery
Philippe Halsman, Georgia O'Keeffe Profile


Philippe Halsman
Georgia O'Keeffe Profile

Scott Nichols Gallery
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Philippe Halsman, Marilyn with Barbells


Philippe Halsman
Marilyn with Barbells, 1952
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Philippe Halsman, Winston Churchill


Philippe Halsman
Winston Churchill, 1951
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Philippe Halsman, Marilyn Portfolio (10 works)


Philippe Halsman
Marilyn Portfolio (10 works), 1952-1959
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1906   Born in Riga, Latvia
1934   Opened a portrait studio in Montparnasse, where he photographed André Gide, Marc Chagall, André Malraux, Le Corbusier and other writers and artists, using an innovative twin-lens reflex camera that he had designed himself
1940   Obtained a visa to enter the United States after the Nazi invasion of Paris through the intervention of his friend Albert Einstein
1941   Began a thirty-seven-year collaboration with Salvador Dalí
1942   His first major break comes when Life magazine commissioned him a shoot
1945   Elected the first president of the American Society of Magazine Photographers
1951   Joined Magnum Photos
1956   Became a contributing member of Magnum Photos
1942 - 1972   His portraits of celebrities, intellectuals and politicians appeared on the covers and pages of big picture magazines including Look, Esquire, Saturday Evening Post, Paris Match, and Life.
1979   Died in New York City on 25 June
2009   Musee de Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland
2009   Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008 - 2009   Unknown Halsman, Magnum Gallery, Paris, France
2006   Galerie Stephen Hoffman, Munchen, Germany
2005   Philippe Halsman: A Retrospective, ArteF Fine Art Photography Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
2004   Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1998   Philippe Halsman: A Retrospective, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1979   Philippe Halsman: Retrospective, International Center for Photography, New York, NY
1949 - 2006    The Frenchman, Simon & Schuster, USA; Benedikt Taschen, UK
1998    Halsman Retrospective, Bulfinch Press, USA; Editions du Collectionneur, France
1954 - 1994    Dali’s Mustache, Simon & Schuster, USA
1989    Halsman at Work, Harry N. Abrams, USA
1959 - 1986    Jumpbook, Simon & Schuster, USA; Harry N. Abrams, USA
1983    Portraits, McCraw-Hill Book Company, USA
1979    Halsman, International Center of Photography, USA
1972    Sight & Insight, Doubleday & Company, USA
1961    Philippe Halsman on the Creation of Photographic Ideas, A.S. Barnes and Company, USA