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Philippe Halsman's Jump Book

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.

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isaac zablocki

Posted on 02.16.10 at 8:14 AM

The unreleased film "Jump" about Halsman, starring Patrick Swayze 9in his last feature film role) is playing tonight Feb 16 at the JCC in Manhattan
www.jccfilm.org

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