From the 1940s through the 1970s, Philippe Halsman’s sparkling portraits of celebrities, intellectuals, and politicians appeared on covers and pages of big picture magazines. A 1958 poll conducted by Popular Photography named Halsman one of the “World’s Ten Greatest Photographers” .
In 1951, he was commissioned by NBC to photograph various popular comedians of the time. While photographing them doing their acts, he captured many in mid air, which went on to inspire many later jump pictures of celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, who Halsman had several photo sessions with – including her first cover of Life Magazine.
1954 via livejournal
Marilyn Monroe, 1959 via maimanohaz.blog
Marilyn Monroe, 1959 via laurencemillergallery
1959 via livejournal
Marilyn Monroe, 1952 via tumblr
Marilyn Monroe 1954 via thisismarilyn