Saturday, January 29

About Jumpology

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When the photographer Philippe Halsman said, “Jump,” no one asked how high. People simply pushed off or leapt up to the extent that physical ability and personal decorum allowed. In that airborne instant Mr. Halsman clicked the shutter.

“The most famous of these images, “Dalí Atomicus,” shows the madcap Dalí aloft, brush and palette in hand. He is flanked by a chair and two easels (holding Dalí canvases) — all elevated, and seemingly floating, above the floor, which heightens the sense of suspension“Philippe Halsman: Jump”: A 1955 photo of Audrey Hepburn in this exhibition at Laurence Miller Gallery.

When you ask someone to jump, Halsman said, “the mask falls, so that the real person appears.” More Photos » The idea of having people jump for the camera can seem like a gimmick, but it is telling that jumpology shares a few syllables with psychology. As Halsman, who died in 1979, said, “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.”

He called his method jumpology. (more here)

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