Philippe Halsman: Facets and Faces

Philippe Halsman: Facets and Faces


Photographers who capture an iconic image are often confronted with a paradox: the celebration of a single photograph overshadows the entirety an artistic oeuvre. Yet what happens in those rare situations when a single photographer is responsible for scores of iconic images?

This question is explored by the Halsman: Facets and Facets exhibition. Philippe Halsman (b. Riga, 1906; d. New York, 1979) remains one of history’s most esteemed photographers, yet there is no consensus as to what constitutes his most important work. The groundbreaking jumpology series that created a bold vision of identity through movement? His famed pcitures of Alfred Hitchcock that set a new standard for interpretive portrait photography? His collaborations with Salvador Dalì that are a monument of the Surrealist movement? By juxtaposing these disparate facets of Halsman’s artistic expression, this exhibition seeks to assemble a harmonious portrait of a photographer whose genius transcends any single image.

Philippe Halsman
Facets and Faces
December 15th, 2016 – January 16th, 2017

CLAIR Gallery
Franz-Joseph-Straße 10
80801 München, Germany
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Philippe Halsman. Alfred Hitchcock and his Sealyham Terrier, 1974

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Philippe Halsman. Dali’s Moustache, 1954

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Philippe Halsman. Eartha Kitt, jumps, 1954

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Philippe Halsman. Edward Steichen, 1959

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Philippe Halsman. Eva Marie Saint, 1954

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Philippe Halsman. Grace Kelly Jump, 1954

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Philippe Halsman. Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut, 1962


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