Philippe Halsman self portrait.
Philippe Halsman (Latvian: Filips Halsmans; 2 May 1906 Riga, Latvia - 25 June 1979 New York City) was a Latvian-born American portrait photographer.
From the 1940s through the 1970s, Philippe Halsman's (1906-1979) portraits of world famous figures appeared on the covers, and in the pages, of the major picture magazines, such as Look and the Saturday Evening Post. Life magazine published 101 covers by Halsman, a record unmatched by any other photographer. The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery has organized the first full review of a true master with the exhibition Philippe Halsman: A Retrospective, which is open at The Currier Gallery of Art in Manchester, NH, through April 17, 2000.
The 87 portraits in the show include vintage prints drawn from the Halsman Family Collection and the National Portrait Gallery, as well as prints from the Currier's collection. The show spans Halsman's career, which began in the 1930s in Paris with portraits of French writers André Gide and André Malraux.
"Halsman is one of the leading portrait photographers of the mid-twentieth century," said Kurt J. Sundstrom, Assistant Curator at the Currier Gallery of Art. "Virtually every major personality in the arts and entertainment and a long list of important world leaders sat for his camera including Pablo Picasso, Judy Garland, Marlon Brando, Winston Churchill, John Steinbeck, John F. Kennedy, Marian Anderson, John Kenneth Galbraith, Ingrid Bergman, Aldous Huxley, and Alfred Hitchcock," Sundstrom added. (sourse)