Item #CL191-94 Gina Lollobrigida. Philippe Halsman, American.
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Gina Lollobrigida

c1950s. Vintage silver gelatin photograph, title stamped verso, 29.7 x 22cm. Slight chips to edges of image.

Illustrated in Philippe Halsman’s Jump Book, 1959, p68.

Halsman’s concept of people jumping in portraiture originated in 1952, “after an arduous session photographing the Ford automobile family to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary. As he relaxed with a drink offered by Mrs. Edsel Ford, the photographer was shocked to hear himself asking one of the grandest of Grosse Pointe’s grande dames if she would jump for his camera. ‘With my high heels?’ she asked. But she gave it a try, unshod—after which her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Henry Ford II, wanted to jump too. For the next six years, Halsman ended his portrait sessions by asking sitters to jump. It is a tribute to his powers of persuasion that Richard Nixon, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor,…and other figures not known for spontaneity could be talked into rising to the challenge...He called the resulting pictures his hobby, and in Philippe Halsman’s Jump Book,...published in 1959, he claimed in the mock-academic text that they were studies in ‘jumpology.’” Ref: Smithsonian.

Item #CL191-94

Price (AUD): $2,200.00  other currencies

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