In New York, in 1948, photographer Philippe Halsman had a chance meeting with Fernandel, a French movie star from the vaudeville tradition, and asked the actor to participate in a completely original photographic experiment. Halsman would ask Fernandel questions about America to which he would respond using only facial expressions. With his wide, loveable horse-face, Fernandel mimicked the answers to such questions as "Does the average Frenchman still pinch pretty girls in a crowd?" (silly grin) and "What was your reaction to the great American game of baseball?" (perplexed). Fernandel's reactions are laugh-out loud funny, and the book that resulted from this unusual collaboration is nothing short of wonderful.
Size: 24x18x2 cm
Publishers: Simon and Schuster (New York, 1949), Benedikt Taschen (London, 2006)