Exhibition of Philippe Halsman: Jump

22 Feb 2017

FEB 22 - 21 MAY
The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center

[Free entrance]

Born to a Jewish family in Riga, then part of the Russian Empire, Philippe Halsman gained prominence as one of the most well-known American portrait photographers of the twentieth century.

His commercial career started with collaborations with French Vogue magazine in the 1930s, and continued after the outbreak of the Second World War in the United States with Halsman's contributions to Elizabeth Arden Fashion House and numerous notable outlets such as Life and Time magazines. During the five decades of his work Halsman created iconic portraits of Tinseltown celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Groucho Marx and Audrey Hepburn, politicians like J.F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, but also other notable public figures ranging from Albert Einstein to Louis Armstrong. His meeting with surrealist painter Salvador Dali ushered in a collaboration that gave birth to some of Halsman's most iconic images, such as the Dali Atomicus from 1948.

Dalí Atomicus (1948) by P. Halsman (Public domain)

The exhibition at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow presented as part of the X Moscow International Biennale ‘Fashion and Style in Photography’ will showcase Halsman's perhaps most beloved series: Jump.

"Starting in the early 1950s I asked every famous or important person I photographed to jump for me. 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." –P.H.

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