Feb 15, 2010 9:36 AM
A bit of background info: portrait photographer Philippe Halsman was active during the mid-20th century, and is responsible for striking and well-known images of folks like Salvador Dali, John F. Kennedy, Albert Einstein, and Marilyn Monroe. You've probably seen some of them. But as serious as he could be, he was famous for asking his subjects, simply, to jump, so that he could capture images of them in midair. Philippe Halsman's Jump Book (sadly out of print; used prices are unpredictable) collects 178 of these images and some goofy commentary. Put this in the coffee-table-books-people-actually-like category.