Philippe Halsman  (American, 1906-1979) 

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Philippe Halsman Biography
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
Selected Exhibitions
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