Where other portraitists were content to have their subjects sit for them, Philippe Halsman had his jump. Regarded as one of the world's greatest portrait photographers, Halsman had to his credit 101 "Life" magazine covers. At the height of his career, he sought to extend his realm into unexplored territory. "In a jump," he wrote, "the subject, in a sudden burst of energy, overcomes gravity. He cannot simultaneously control his expressions, his facial and limb muscles. The mask falls. The real self becomes visible."
For six years, Halsman asked his illustrious sitters to jump for him, and most complied: Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, and Brigitte Bardot; Richard Nixon and Adlai Stevenson; Richard Rodgers; the Duke and Duchess of Windsor; and countless from the arts, sciences, politics, business, and sport leapt at the chance. In 1959, Halsman's book made publishing history by introducing the brand new science of "jumpology".
Size: 11 1/10 x 8 4/5"
Publishers: Simon and Schuster (New York, 1959); Harry N. Abrams (New York, 1986)