Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.

— George Eastman.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Inspiration - Philippe Halsman

Compare with Audrey Hepburn portrait done by Irving Penn.

Salvador Dali

Albert Einstein

Compare with Hitchcock portrait done by Irving Penn.

Two of a Halsman's"jump" portraits. Richard Nixon above, Marilyn Monroe below. Halsman commented, "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."

Another portrait of Marilyn Monroe, compare with the Monroe portraits by Richard Avedon and Arnold Newman.

Philippe Halsman self-portrait.

"A good portrait is incredibly hard to create, there is too much temptation to pander to the individual rather than portray them as they really were."
Philippe Halsman
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