Phillipe Halsman, born Filips Halsmans : 2 May 1906 Riga, Russian Empire - 25 June 1979 New
York City, was a great Latvian born American portrait photographer. Apart from being the one
photographer with the most cover shots of the Life magazine, Halsman photographed many great
celebrities of his time, including Alfred Hitchcock, Judy Garland, Winston Chruchill, Marilyn Monroe,
Dorothy Dandridge and Pablo Picasso, all of which appeared on Life covers. At one time he was
considered on of the "World's Greatest Photographers".
While on commission by NBC to photograph various popular comedians of the day he came upon the
ideal of capturing them mid-air jumping, which went on to inspire other jump pictures of celebrities.
Phillipe Halsman, who said " When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed toward
the act of jumping and the mask falls so that the real person appears." He even developed a philosphy of jump photography which he called jumpology.
Phillipe Halsman's Jump Book published in 1959
of 178 photographs of jumping celebrities is considered a very rare and valuable book.