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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Adam Clayton Powell, 1959
10 x 8" vintage silver print
Stamped on verso


Audrey Hepburn, 1955
20 x 16" silver print
Stamped on verso

 

 

 


Aldous Huxley, 1958
10 x 8" vintage silver print
Stamped on verso

Brigitte Bardot, 1951
20 x16" silver
print
Printed later

Stamped on verso

 


 

Brigette Bardot (contact sheet), 1951
8
x 10" silver print

 

 

 


 
Benny Goodman, 1957
14 x 11" silver print

Stamped on verso

 

 




Salvador Dali, Atomicus, 1947
16 x 20" silver print
Stamped on verso

 

 

 

 

Salvador Dali
Atomicus, variants, 1949
6- 3 1/2 x 4 1/2" vintage silver prints
Unique set 


 



Five Choreographers, 1951

14 x 11" silver print
Printed by Yvonne Halsman
Stamped on verso

 


Ballet on Beach, 1948
10 x 8" silver print
Printed by Yvonne Halsman
Stamped on verso

 

 

Dick Clark, 1952
10 x 8" vintage silver print
Stamped on verso

 

 

 

 

Diana Dors, 1956
10 x 8" vintage silver print
Stamped on verso

 

Danny Kaye, 1954
20 x 16" silver print
Stamped on verso


 

 

 

Donald O'Connor, 1952
14 x 11" vintage silver print
Signed on verso

 

 

 

 

David Seymour "Chim"
with Jane and Irene Halsman, 1957
10 x 8" vintage silver print
Stamped on verso

 

Eva Marie Saint, 1954
14 x 11" vintage silver print
Stamped on verso

 

 

 

 

 

Ed Sullivan, 1955
10 x 8" vintage silver print
Stamped on verso


 

Edward Villela, 1961
14 x 11" vintage silver print
Stamped on verso

 

Grace Kelly, 1959
14 x 11" vintage silver print
Stamped on verso

 

 

 

 

Gisele MacKenzie, 1956
10 x 8" vintage silver print
Stamped on verso

 

 

 

 

 

Harold Lloyd, 1950
10 x 8" silver print
Stamped on verso


 

Jackie Gleason, 1955
10 x 8" silver print
Stamped on verso

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Dempsey, 1954
20 x 16" silver print
Stamped on verso

 

 

 

 


 

J Fred Muggs, 1953
10 x 8" vintage silver print
Stamped on verso

 

Janet Leigh, 1951
10 x 8" vintage silver print
Stamped on verso

 

 

Jayne Mansfield, 1953
10 x 8" silver print
Stamped on verso

 

Jean Seberg with Cat, 1959
10 x 8" vintage silver print
Stamped on verso


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