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Philippe Halsman (American/Latvian, 1906–1979)
LOT ID: 78048
Judge Learned Hand, 1957

Silver Print, Gelatin silver print
13 х 10 in. (33.02 x 25.4 cm.)
Stamped, with artist's copyright stamp; "Judge Learned Hand, Neg. 1957, Print c. 1970's" inscribed on verso.
Lot description
Image size is 13 x 10 inches (33 x 25.4 cm). Sheet size is 14 x 11 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm).

Negative date: 1957
Printed later, circa 1970s

This is the photo that is on the cover of the definitive biography of Judge Hand by Gerald Gunther.

American, b. Latvia 1906, d. USA 1979
Philippe Halsman was born in Riga and began to take photographs in Paris in the 1930s. He opened a portrait studio in Montparnasse in 1934, 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. He arrived in the United States in 1940, just after the fall of France, having obtained an emergency visa through the intervention of Albert Einstein.
In the course of his prolific career in America, Halsman produced reportage and covers for most major American magazines, including a record 101 covers for Life magazine. His assignments brought him face-to-face with many of the century's leading personalities.
In 1945 he was elected the first president of the American Society of Magazine Photographers, where he led the fight for photographers' creative and professional rights. His work soon won international recognition, and in 1951 he was invited by the founders of Magnum Photos to join the organization as a 'contributing member', so that they could syndicate his work outside the United States. This arrangement still stands.
Halsman began a thirty-seven-year collaboration with Salvador Dalí in 1941 which resulted in a stream of unusual 'photographs of ideas', including 'Dalí Atomicus' and the 'Dalí's Mustache' series. In the early 1950s, Halsman began to ask his subjects to jump for his camera at the conclusion of each sitting. These uniquely witty and energetic images have become an important part of his photographic legacy.
Halsman died in New York City on 25 June 1979.[magnumphotos]
Judge Learned Hand by Philippe Halsman
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