Every time I see one of Philippe Halsman’s photographs from his ‘Jump’ collection it puts a smile on my face. It seems like anyone who was anyone in the late 1940’s through to the 1950’s jumped for Halsman and his camera. Monroe, Astaire, Hepburn, Dali, Bardot, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor all were caught in mid air.
The method behind Halsman’s madness, which he coined ‘Jumpology’:
“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.”