Philippe Halsman (Latvian-American, 1906-1979) began his career in Paris, opening a portrait studio in Montparnasse in 1934. Using a unique twin-lens reflex camera that he designed, Halsman photographed notable artists and writers, including Marc Chagall, Andre Gide, and Le Corbusier. His arrival in the United States led to a career spanning 30 years, during which he photographed for nearly every major American magazine. His close relationship with Salvador Dali resulted in four decades worth of “photographs of ideas.” As the first president of the American Society of Magazine Photographers, Halsman often fought to protect photographers’ creative rights.
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