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Philippe Halsman, <EM>Astonish me!</EM>
Philippe Halsman, Astonish me!
Jeu de Paume, Paris
LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND  •  Musée de l'Elysée  •  20 October 2015 - 24 January 2016

Over a forty-year period, in Paris during the 1930s and in New York from 1940 on, Photographer Philippe Halsman developed a broad range of activities (portraits, fashion, reportage, advertisements, personal projects, commissions from individuals and institutions). The Musée de l’Elysée presents the first study dedicated to his entire body of work, with a selection of over 300 pieces.

Born in 1906 in Riga, Latvia, Halsman studied engineering in Dresden before moving to Paris, where he opened a photographic studio in 1932. Halsman took inspiration from the contemporary art scene and participated in promoting it. Though he specialised in portraiture, he also branched out into advertising and publishing, which were thriving at the time. In 1940, the German invasion brought Halsman's prosperous career to a halt, leading him to flee with his family to New York.

His vast portrait gallery of celebrities (actors, industrialists, politicians, scientists, writers). Some of these images, such as Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Winston Churchill or Albert Einstein, became icons. He produced the largest number of covers (101) for Life magazine, the first weekly magazine to be illustrated only by photographs.

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Contact: Musée de l'Elysée
18, avenue de l'Elysée
1014 Lausanne - Switzerland
Tel: (41) 21 316 99 11

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