Preview: Philippe Halsman “Jump”, Laurence Miller, NYC

In Article, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery on May 24, 2010 at 8:06 am


Dali Atomicus, Philippe Halsman

Still time to catch a quirky exhibit of well done photographs of the “famous” personalities from the mid-twentieth century all caught, well, jumping … by Life photographer Philippe Halsman.

The photos are well staged, beautifully structured portraits of the rich and notable doing a madcap stunt for the camera and thus bringing down the social barrier between personage and viewer.

Philippe Halsman, with an unsurpassed 101 LIFE magazine covers to his credit, had the bold and unconventional idea back in the 1950’s to ask the famous and prominent people he was commissioned to photograph for the likes of LIFE, LOOK and the Saturday Evening Post, once the formal sessions were over, to jump!  The results were amazing, as each subject interpreted this bizarre request in their own unique way, often defying their typical public image.

Just from a technical standpoint of being able to examine contact sheets, the exhibit is worth a visit.

Now through May 28: Laurence Miller

Today’s Times article on the exhibit: NY Times

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