Philippe Halsman: Astonish Me!
October 22, 2015
by Philippe Halsman
Philippe Halsman had an exemplary career that lasted over forty years from his beginnings in Paris in the 1930s to the immense success of his studio in New York between 1940 and 1970.
Philippe Halsman stands out by the wide range of his activities: portraits, fashion, reportage, advertising, personal projects, as well as private and institutional commissions. Halsman's photography is characterized by a direct approach, a high level of technical mastery and attention to detail. His body of work is also highly diverse and bears witness to his constant exploration of the possibilities of the photographic medium.
All in all this retrospective showcases some 300 exclusive images and original documents (contact sheets and prints, preliminary proofs, original photomontages and mock-ups) that shed a unique new light on the work and approach of an exceptional and atypical photographer.
An exhibition produced by the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, in collaboration with the Philippe Halsman Archive, New York, and organized in Paris by the Jeu de Paume.
Curators: Anne Lacoste, curator at the Musée de l’Elysée and Sam Stourdzé.