I love learning more about images I have seen but knew nothing about, and I have seen quite a few of Halsman’s photos without realizing it… and so have you!
Amirite? According to Visual News (my new favorite website, by the way), this photo of Einstein was used on a 1966 postage stamp and a cover of Time in 1999. I’m sure I have seen this very image on countless posters and cards as well. This surreal photo of Salvador Dali that has recently been kicking around is also a photo of Halsman’s:
Yes, this is a photo! It was edited in the darkroom to remove some wires and such but still, pretty incredible for 1948! I highly recommend Paul Caridad’s post at Visual News for more photos and info on this spectacular photographer. Thankfully Halsman’s images are in the public domain, so I have tons of visual feasting ahead of me! I am really inspired by the vibrant energy and sense of freedom these still images convey. I hope that I can find a way to capture even a fraction of this in my own photography!