Philippe Halsman: Etonnez-Moi! (Astonish Me!) is one of our Fall can’t-miss photo exhibitions in Paris, at photography museum Le Jeu de Paume, inside the Tuileries garden.
Philippe Halsman is a Latvian photographer (Riga, 1906 – New York, 1979) famous for having shot more than 100 front pages of Life magazine. He actually began his forty-year long career in Paris, in the 1930s and stayed here for 10 years, collaborating with Vogue, Vu and Voilà magazines and shot portraits of numerous celebrities such as Marc Chagall, Le Corbusier and André Malraux.
He started his collaboration with Life in 1940, after flying from Paris to New York at the beginning of WWII. Life was the first magazine illustrated solely with photos. Through his work he met many of the period’s celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Duke Ellington, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Richard Nixon and Albert Einstein to name but a few. In all, he shot 101 covers for Life magazine.
The inventor of “jumpology”
Philippe Halsman was far from being just a celebrity photographer; for more than 30 years, he worked in close collaboration with Salvador Dalí and invented ‘jumpology’, which consisted in taking photos of famous people jumping as a way of obtaining more natural and spontaneous pictures of his subjects. (Let’s be honest, this picture of jumping cats and Salvatore Dali is worth every memes the Internet brings us everyday.)
This exhibition brings together almost 300 works (exclusive and original documents).
Book your tickets on the official website.
When? From October 27th, 2015 to January 24th, 2016. From Tuesday to Sunday, on Tuesday from 11am to 9pm
and Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 7pm.
Where? Musée du Jeu de Paume
1 place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris
Metro: Concorde (Lines 1, 8, 12)