Philippe Halsman has staked an irrevocable claim on the collective memory of America. With his extraordinary, searching portraits of heroes, villains and arch pretenders, he has given us a kind of definitive visual evidence of who these people are. Characteristically, a Halsman portrait engages the viewer directly in a way so personal and so intense thats its effect lingers on light a bright sport on the retina left after a brief glance at the sun. They are so much a part of the way we remember the great figures in the landscape of our times that when we see, in our mind's eye, men and women like Albert Einstein, Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, John Kennedy or Robert Oppenheimer, the chances are very good we are seeing the Halsman image. This book is the catalogue of an exhibition organized by Cornell Capa and ICP, in 1979.
Size: 32x23x0.8 cm
Publisher: International Center of Photography (New York, 1979)