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.

Anthony Perkins

Anthony Perkins

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Martin and Lewis

Martin and Lewis

Groucho Marx

Groucho Marx

Eva Marie Saint

Eva Marie Saint

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Donald O'Conner

Donald O’Conner

Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt

André Breton

André Breton

Dali

Dali

Duke & Dutchess of Windsor

Duke & Dutchess of Windsor

Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot

Nixon

Nixon

Diana Dors

Diana Dors

J. Fred Muggs

J. Fred Muggs

Shirley McClaine

Shirley McClaine

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Posted on April 26, 2014, in Photography and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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