Philippe Halsman’s Fabulous Jump Portraits

“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” – Philippe Halsman

 

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Marilyn Monroe 1959

 

In the 1950s photographer Philippe Halsman ended his portrait sessions by asking his subjects to jump. His pictures are complied in the wonderful Philippe Halsman’s Jump Book.

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Phillipe Halsman’s Jump book cover

 

 

“There is a sublime silliness to Halsman’s images that can make you laugh regardless of how open  you see them. They offer incontrovertible proof of Schiller’s claim that ‘all art is dedicated to joy.’  Evidently the simple act of getting off the ground requires giving in to something like joy. You have to let go” – Roberta Smith, NY Times

 

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Audrey Hepburn 1955

 

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1958. American physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer.

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1955. Grace Kelly.

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1951.  Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

 

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Halsman’s studio. US actress Marilyn Monroe. 1959.

 

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The Duke and Duchess of Windsor
1956

 

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Dalí Atomicus
1948
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USA. 1959. American actress Marilyn MONROE jumping with Philippe HALSMAN.

 

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Self-portrait. 1950. Philippe Halsman

 

Images by Magnum photos and Philippe Halsman, and from the show Surprise Me!. at Jeu de Paume, Paris. The beautiful book, published by Damiani, can be purchased here.

And now for one famous face who refused to jump. The Lady was not for jumping.