Date of birth : May 2, 1906, Riga, Latvia.
Date of death: June 25, 1979, New York.
He belonged to the most original portrait photographer and most inventive of the 20th century.
He studied electrotechnics in Dresde, before turning towards photography.He settled in Paris in 1928 and became portraitist and a free-lance fashion photographer.
In 1940, he emigrated to the USA where he did many works for Life magazine
In 1959 the publication of his "Jump Photos", pictures of personalities who jumped in front of his camera, had a great success.
In this serie appeared this subtle and spiritual humor that would be found in his whole production.
He worked during 30 years with the surrealist painter Salvador Dali on different projects in which the photographer communted the painter ideas in the language of his own medium.
Link with Marilyn
He made several picture sessions with Marilyn.
and an article about the novice starlets entitled "How 8 girls express
their feelings"; they were asked to express their feelings in 4
different situations :
facing a monster (), with a delicious beverage (,), listening to a good
On April 7, 1952, Marilyn made her first cover of Life magazine.
She wore a white dress and the picture had a great sensuality.
The pictures had been made at her home, in January 1952 at the Beverly Carlton Hotel. Philip Halsman.
Black négligé :
Other négligé :
Bathsuit top :
White dress :
Red dress :
in the street :
at the drive-in :
Publicity department :
with a glass
Black top, red skirt :
After several attempts and many years, Halsman managed to obtain from Marilyn a project he took to heart : to take pictures of her while jumping, because he thought that this way, people express a big part of their personality.Marilyn agreed in 1959 : she is seen jumping with squeezed arms and clenched fists.
Black dress :
Red dress :
Other personalities :
"Philip Halsman's Jump Book". New York : Simon and Schuster, 1959.
Halsman Philippe "Jump" 1986 Harry N Abrams Publishers isbn 0-8109-2338-6.
Halsman Philippe "Retrospective" 1998 Editions du Collectionneur ISBN 2-909450-48-1.Websites