For the first time, an exhibition has reconstructed the creative process of Philippe Halsman (Riga, Latvia, 1906 – 1979, New York, USA), one of the most important photographers of the 20th Century, through a collection of over 300 photographs showing his best and most outstanding work.
Halsman is recognised for the 101 front covers he shot for LIFE magazine, portraying important figures, and his extensive collaboration with Salvador Dalí. Thanks to the cooperation of the Halsman family, the organisers were able to access his archives to offer a deeper understanding of his life's work from when he started out in Paris to his time in New York.
The exhibition is divided into four sections, with an introduction dedicated to the time Halsman spent in Paris, since his early work foreshadowed the interests and themes he would develop throughout his career. The other three sections correspond to his time in the US, and each of them presents one characteristic of his work: his greatly admired portraits of celebrities –especially those of Marilyn Monroe–, his interest in staging photographs –including his collaborations with celebrities and his personal projects, such as his famous jumpology– and, finally, his impressive repertoire of 'photographic ideas', which he developed alongside Salvador Dalí over more than thirty-seven years, including the book, Dalí’s Mustache.
Throughout the whole of his career, he was an ardent advocate for photography. When photography was threatened by the arrival of mass media such as television, he stressed the potential creativity of his medium.