Marilyn Monroe by Philippe Halsman

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.


Marilyn Monroe photographed by Philippe Halsman, 1959 via


Marilyn Monroe photographed by Philippe Halsman, 1959 via

2 responses to “Marilyn Monroe by Philippe Halsman

  1. Such a gorgeous woman.. I always wonder how she would have been in real life. She could have been deeply unhappy but hid it so well from the rest of the world, you only have to look at these photographs. There is something very mystical about her!

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