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Philippe Halsman's Jump Book. 1986. Paper.

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Where other portraitists were content to have their subjects sit for them, Philippe Halsman had his jump, an action which he felt caused the real self of his illustrious sitters to come out. Famous sitters included in the book are Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot and Richard Nixon.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published October 5th 1986 by Abrams (first published 1986)
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nikki karam
Feb 15, 2011 nikki karam rated it it was amazing
This is a photography book, so you 'read' it in the sense that you read photographs and extract some objective and/or subjective meaning from them.

That being said, this is one of the happiest and most romantic books I've ever read. The story beautifully sweeps across the 20th mid-century years through the eyes of one man who had such warmth and skill as to render the world's most famous people (celebrities, politicians, royalty, scientists) defenseless against his singular, unusual request. It'
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Allison
May 03, 2011 Allison rated it it was amazing
Halsman was a noted portrait photographer who asked his subjects to jump for him before he finished a session. The result is a book of wonderful images featuring various authors, celebrities, and political figures in midair. There are a few pages of text outlining "jumpology," the way Halsman analyzed his subjects' arm and leg positions to learn about their personalities. The book is mostly a picture book, but the text is worth reading.
Ashley
Jan 20, 2010 Ashley rated it liked it
I picked this up after hearing about seeing/hearing about Halsman's photo of Salvador Dali, Dali Atomicus. It was neat to see all the big names of the age (The Fords, Nixon, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, president of US Steel, president of US Airlines, just to name a few) jumping. Halsman's introduction is quirky and tongue-in-cheek, much like I imagine he was like.
Shayne
Mar 29, 2013 Shayne rated it liked it
Shelves: real-book
Not really a book you read so much as look at, but a fun one anyway. One of the 50s' greatest portraitists (ugly word, that) captures his famous (at the time, anyway) subjects mid-air. Fun!
Summer
Jan 28, 2008 Summer rated it it was amazing
i. love. this. book. so. much.
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Enjoyed the photos. Interested by the project. Captivated by the history and what the photos show about that time and place. Not sure about the psychology.
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Incredibly silly and oh so much fun. I pick this up when I want a laugh.
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