Philippe Halsman: Facets and Faces

Philippe Halsman: Facets and Faces

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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


Philippe Halsman. Alfred Hitchcock and his Sealyham Terrier, 1974


Philippe Halsman. Dali’s Moustache, 1954


Philippe Halsman. Eartha Kitt, jumps, 1954


Philippe Halsman. Edward Steichen, 1959


Philippe Halsman. Eva Marie Saint, 1954


Philippe Halsman. Grace Kelly Jump, 1954


Philippe Halsman. Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut, 1962

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