Philippe Halsman exhibition at CaixaForum
More than 300 pictures of the American – Latvian photographer are on display until 6th November in CaixaForum Barcelona
You may not recognize the name of one of the most important photographers of the twentieth century, but it is almost impossible for you not to recognize his photographs, since for decades he portrayed famous people ranging from Marilyn Monroe, Dali, Einstein, Mohamed Ali , Audrey Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Sinatra or Winston Churchill.
His work had such quality that Life magazine gave him all he needed to make possible the more than 100 covers he published on the publication.
During more than 40 years he was Dalí´s friend, who for years had a clear influence on Halsman´s work. He was a friend of Einstein, a Sigmund Freud´s patient …
This selection of over 300 photographs is a complete retrospective of his work, which includes for the first time his initial work in Paris. The exhibition is divided into four sections, in which portraits, fashion, stagings and even discard photos with the explanation why they was discarded.
One section is devoted to his personal project “Jumpology”, where he got involved such diverse characters as the Duke of Windsor, Marilyn or Nixon. “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.”
There are not many days left to visit this exhibition, but of course if you are in Barcelona, do not miss the opportunity to go. The price is 4 €, free for customers of La Caixa.
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