Philippe Halsman’s solo exhibition has opened at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre as part of the X Moscow International Biennale, Fashion and Style in Photography. It is the first time that Halsman’s photographs are exhibited in Russia.
The Philip Halsman: Jump exhibition consists of 50 photographs, including the most famous one, Dali Atomicus, made jointly with Salvador Dali.
Philippe Halsman said the following about this project: “I was motivated by a genuine curiosity. After all, life has taught us to control and disguise our facial expressions, but it has not taught us to control our jumps. I wanted to see famous people reveal in a jump their ambition or their lack of it, their self-importance or their insecurity, and many other traits.”
Halsman asked many famous people who sat for his photographs to jump after the sessions, including Henry Ford’s family, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Richard Nixon, Marc Chagall, Dean Martin and Jerry Lee Lewis, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren and Muhammad Ali. In 1959, he published Philippe Halsman’s Jump Book, which has become a classic in photo art.
Philippe Halsman (1906-1979) is one of the best American portrait photographers of the second half of the 20th century. Over 100 of his penetrating portraits of politicians, artists and intellectuals were published on the cover of Life and other magazines such as Look, Esquire, The Saturday Evening Post and Paris Match.
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