Exhibition
April 1 - May 28,  2010

PHILIPPE HALSMAN  Jump

Philippe Halsman, Salvador Dali, Atomicus, 1948Laurence Miller Gallery is pleased to present JUMP, a quirky and fun-filled series of fifty vintage photographs taken by Philippe Halsman five decades ago of movie stars, politicians, royalty, entertainers, artists, and authors, all jumping before Mr. Halsman’s camera.  He called the series “Jumpology.” The extended series has never before been exhibited in
New York.

Philippe Halsman, with an unsurpassed 101 LIFE magazine covers to his credit, had the bold and unconventional idea back in the 1950’s to ask the famous and prominent people he was commissioned to photograph for the likes of LIFE, LOOK and the Saturday Evening Post, once the formal sessions were over, to jump!  The results were amazing, as each subject interpreted this bizarre request in their own unique way, often defying their typical public image.  We see Richard Nixon as he floats twelve inches above the floor with a peaceful smile on his face, a far cry from the scowl many of us ultimately remember him by.  And there is the rather large Jackie Gleason, in a handsome dark suit and his fingers extended wide, defying gravity as he lifts off, and from somewhere off-camera we can’t help but hear “To the moon, Alice.”

Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Salvador Dali, Weegee, Jack Dempsey and even the Duke and Duchess of Windsor agreed to take a leap of faith.  In that era of live television along with the popularity of the big glossy magazines, one’s image was not nearly as protected and shaped by handlers as it is today.  There was a feeling of innocence, a desire for spontaneity, and Halsman, with his playful and charming personality, knew he had to get almost everyone to oblige his demand:  JUMP!

Philippe Halsman was born in Latvia in 1906, and began his photographic career in Paris in the early 1930’s. He emigrated to New York in the fall of 1940, as Paris fell to the Nazis. He soon became one of the most prominent photographers in America., his photographs published widely and regularly. He died in 1979. His photographs have been collected and exhibited by museums around the world.


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Professor J. Robert Oppenheimer, 1958
14 x 11" silver print
Stamped on verso

 

 

 

 


Popcorn Nude, Dali, 1949
14 x 11" silver print

Stamped on verso


 

 




Dali with three girls, 1949
14 x 11" vintage silver print

Stamped on verso



The Cat Girl, Lilly Christine, 1953

10 x 8" vintage silver print
Signed on verso

 



Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis
, 1951
20 x 16" silver print
Printed later
Stamped on verso

 

 

 



 

Merce Cunningham and
Martha Graham
, 1947
11 x 14" silver print
Printed by Yvonne Halsman
Stamped on verso

 

 



Weegee, 1961
20 x 16" silver print
Printed later
Stamped on verso

 

 

 

Marilyn Monroe, 1959
14 x 11" silver print
Printed later
Stamped on verso


 

 



Marilyn Monroe
, 1959
40 x 30" c-print, edition 5
Printed 2010
Stamped on verso

 



Marilyn Monroe and
Philippe Halsman, 1954
14 x 11" vintage silver print
Stamped on verso

 

Daytona Beach, 1947
14 x 11" silver print
Printed by Yvonne Halsman
Stamped on verso

 

 

 

Richard Nixon, 1955
14 x 11" silver print
Stamped on verso



Phil Silvers, 1955
10 x 8" vintage silver print
Stamped on verso

 

 

 

 

Jerome Robbins with Students, 1959
2 - 8 x 10" silver prints
Printed by Yvonne Halsman
Stamped on verso

 

 

 

 

Lena Horne, 1954
10 x 8" vintage silver print
Stamped on verso

 

Sophia Loren, 1959
10 x 8" vintage silver print
Stamped on verso

 

 

 

 

Edward Steichen, 1955
10 x 8" vintage silver print
Stamped on verso

 

 

 

 

Tamara Toumanova, 1953
14 x 11" vintage silver print
Stamped on verso

 

Mike Wallace, 1957
10 x 8" vintage silver print
Stamped on verso

 

 

Duke & Dutchess of Windsor, 1956
14 x 11" silver print
Printed by Yvonne Halsman
Stamped on verso

 

 

 

 

Murray Kempton, 1956
10 x 8" vintage silver print
Stamped on verso


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