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Philippe Halsman was one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. He first started photography with his father's old camera at age of 15. From this "first miracle" when he developed his first glass plates to his death his career lasted for over forty years.
Halsman came to Paris in the 1930s and started photography there with the support of French government minister Paul Painlevé who gave him a camera one of the best available at the time. He stayed in Paris for 10 years collaborating with Vogue, Vu and Voilà, shooting portraits of numerous celebrities such as Marc Chagall, Le Corbusier and André Malraux.
Halsman fled to New York when Germany invaded France in 1940 and settle there where his studio was immensely renown. From that time he worked for other American Magazine such as Life meeting a lot of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth or d Albert Einstein to name a few. In all he shot 101 covers for Life magazine.
Taking portraits of famous people was not his only work, he also experimented his whole life doing portraits, fashion, reportage, advertising, personal projects, as well as private and institutional commissions. He was working for example in close collaboration with Salvador Dali inventing "jumpology" a way of taking photos of famous people jumping as a way of obtaining more natural pictures.
The exhibition displays over 300 exclusive images from every period of work.