PHILIPPE HALSMAN THE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE STARS

Marilyn Monroe with Philippe Halsman

 

 

Philippe Halsman (1906-1979) Born in Latvia, he had a very tragic life. He was accused of Parricide and later imprisoned for his Jewish religion. They were difficult times for the creative ones, and Halsman managed to emigrate to Paris. With the help of Albert Einstein he got a ticket to move to the United States, the land of opportunity. The photographer managed to make room in the American art scene and consolidated as "photographer of the stars" for portraying Marilyn Monroe, Alfred Hitchcock or Audrey Hepburn.

 

 

Dalí atomicus, 1948. By Philippe Halsman

 

 

This electrical engineer turned to photography, was a great defender of this artistic technique. It suffered the arrival of the mass media, but it knew to maintain and to continue climbing in its race. Thanks to his imagination and his ability to speak in public he opened an unexplored path in the field of photography. Philippe Halsman was a landmark in postwar photography. Thanks to his family, the Caixaforum Madrid presents an exhibition full of historical sights.

 

 

Alfred Hitchcock. By Philippe Halsman

 

 

For the first time it has been accessed its private archives and it has been possible to pose this wonderful presentation divided into four sections. The first, an introduction dedicated to your stay in Paris. A compilation of his early work that shows how the photographer already pointed ways. The other three parts, reflect the period in which he lived in the United States. Each one of them, are a mirror of all the restlessness of the artist. The protagonists are his portraits of well-known personalities. Finally, the impressive repertoire that made with the eccentric artist Salvador Dalí.

 

 

Covers of Life magazine. By Philippe Halsman

 

 

An exhibition for lovers of photography, portrait, myths and pop culture. His photographs like him, awaken in the curious observer the taste for detail and naturalness. Thanks to Halsman, photography gave a twist to the way we look and interpret. The exhibition, surprise me! Will be active until March 26. An opportunity to see more than 300 reproductions of one of the most important photographers of S.XX.

 

 

The CEART opens this Thursday, November 14th in the room A an exhibition dedicated to this master of photography, which will be open to the public until February 9th. The show includes one of the artist's latest projects, focused on the hard work carried out by the miners of Serra Pelada, an open gold mine in the heart of Brazil where employees daily risked their lives.

Immigration, poverty, marginal life, slave labour, man's relationship with the land, the use of natural resources... are issues that have always fascinated Salgado. From the beginning of his career as a photographer, his work has opted to give visibility to the most disadvantaged groups and to create with his images a vivid and impressive visual story without fakes. With a raw black and white, this author's work transits between photo-reportage and naturalistic photography.

And the idea that permeates all his work is human dignity. Salgado portrays employees, miners and gatherers from a purely humanistic approach that wants to value their integrity, their strength and their resilience.

“If you photograph a human, so that he is not represented in a noble way, there is no reason to take the picture. That is my way of seeing things.”

Salgado entered this discipline long after completing his studies in economics between Brazil and the United States, and a doctorate in statistics in France. But in 1973 his life took a turn, and he decided to start his career as a photographer. He achieved to work at the Gamma Agency and Magnum Photos for more than 15 years until in 1994 he founded his own agency “Amazonas Imagen”.

With the “Gold” project, the photographer portrays a harsh reality that takes place in the Serra Pelada mine, a name given to a totally devastated and anarchically excavated mining enclave, the world's largest open-pit gold mine, through which more than 50,000 people have passed. In the heat of the legends about the mysterious “El Dorado”, the enthusiasm for this precious metal led to the development of strenuous exploitation practices for the workers and to originate tales of grief and glory, of human victory and defeat between the soil, the tunnels and the cargo baskets.

The CEART exhibition brings together Salgado's full portfolio in his characteristical black and white and large-format photographs that leave no one indifferent.