Halsman adventurous life
Halsman was born in 1906 in Riga to Jewish families. He studied electrical engineering in Dresden. In September 1928, 22-year-old Halsman was charged with the murder of his father while living in an anti-racist area in Tyrol, Austria.
After the trial, he was sentenced to four years in prison based on implicit evidence. His family, friends, and lawyers fought for his release, and celebrities such as Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, Thomas Mann, Jakob Wassermann, Erich Fromm, and Paul Pinello supported him.
Halsman was imprisoned for two years and contracted tuberculosis there. His letters from prison were published in 1930. He was pardoned by Austrian President Wilhelm Miklas and released in October 1930.
Shine in portrait photography
After his release, Halsman moved to France, where he collaborated with fashion magazines, including Vogue, and soon rose to fame as one of France’s best portrait photographers.
His photos were sharp and his slices close to the image.
When the battle of France began, he went to Marseille. He then obtained a US visa with the help of his family friend Albert Einstein.
Halsman achieved his first success in the United States when Elizabeth Arden used a picture of Halsman of the American model Constance Ford in front of the American flag in an advertisement for the “Victory Red” lipstick.
One year later
In 1942, he found work for Life magazine and photographed hat designs.
His image of a model wearing a hat designed by Lily Dashy is the first of 101 cover images he has worked on for Life.
All this made Halsman more visible in the world of photography and the audience noticed his skill and creativity in portrait photography.
He met the surrealist artist Salvador Dali in 1941 and began working with him in the late 1940s.