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From Marilyn Monroe and Richard Nixon to Audrey Hepburn and Ford matriarch, Mrs. Edsel Ford. Every artist, politician, actor, entrepreneur were jumping up and down for famous photographer Philippe Halsman. “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 said.

Born in Latvia, Halsman came to New York during WWII, and began working for LIFE magazine. His interest in surrealism became a part of his photography, as apart from his famous mid-air portraits, he would frequently use photomontage to create bizarre images, such as the one of Alfred Hitchcock and the bird on his cigar.

All images © LIFE

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Expérimentation pour un portrait de femme 1931-1940
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Philippe Halsman – Autoportrait, 1950
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Marilyn Monroe in her apartment, 1952
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Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren for the promotion of The Birds, 1962
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Salvador Dalí on CBS The Morning Show, 1956
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Philippe Halsman and Marilyn Monroe, 1959, photo by Yvonne Halsman
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Brigitte Bardot, 1955
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Ballet aquatique, 1953
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Audrey Hepburn, 1955
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Jean Cocteau, l’artiste multidisciplinaire, 1949
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