Monday, December 21, 2015

Photography of note in Paris

Philippe Halsman Astonish Me! at the Jeu de Paume
One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, Philippe Halsman began his career in Paris alongside contemporaries such as Dali and Man Ray.  He moved to New York in 1940 to flee the Occupation. In New York he photographed for Life Magazine (where he holds the record of 101 covers), shooting some of the greatest stars and personalities of his time. This retrospective show includes 300 exclusive images and original documents (contact sheets and prints, preliminary proofs, original photo-montages) that show not just the finished photos but the avant-garde techniques Halsman perfected to do his work. Through January 24, open Tues 11am-9pm, Wed-Sun 11am-7pm. Entry €10.  There is a free smartphone app for the exhibition.

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