Philippe Halsman – Jump
Philippe Halsman (Filips Halsmans; 2 May 1906 – 25 June 1979 New York City) Philippe Halsman’s; he of the famous Marilyn Monroe portrait in a white dress, Dali’s flying cats, famous portraits of Brando, Hitchcock, and Einstein.
In the early 50’s Halsman was assigned to shoot a bunch famous comedians (Milton Berle, Sid Ceaser, Groucho, et al) He loved the way they were always moving and jumping. Halsman commented, “When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed toward the act of jumping and the mask falls so that the real person appears.”. The photographer developed a philosophy of jump photography, which he called jumpology. He published Philippe Halsman’s Jump Book in 1959, which contained a tongue-in-cheek discussion of jumpology and 178 photographs of celebrity jumpers. Here are a few of those.