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Philippe Halsman

Philippe Halsman (1906-1979) was born in Riga and started taking photographs in Paris in the 1930s. He arrived in the United States in 1940, after obtaining an emergency visa after the fall of France. Halsman produced a record 101 covers for Life magazine. His assignments brought him face-to-face with many of the century's leading personalities. Known for his uniquely witty and energetic images, Halsman had a thirty-seven-year collaboration with Salvador Dalí. In 1945 he was elected the first president of the American Society of Magazine Photographers, where he led the fight for photographers' creative and professional rights.

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