Jump1This week Damiani released a hardcover facsimile edition of the original 1959 "Philippe Halsman’s Jump Book.”  It's filled with more than 200 portraits of famous actors, writers, politicians, athletes, even royals, who were all captured in midair by the photographer. Sometime in the mid-50’s Halsman made a point of ending his sessions by asking his subjects to jump, which resulted in a unique genre practically all to his own self. I LOVE THIS BOOK. The images inside are polar opposites of this era’s selfie, not only in terms of subject and photographer, but also style, unpredictability, and sheer originality (no two jumps ever look the same). And these “jump shots” live on in new forms in fashion today, from Vogue editorials, to Instagram. There’s something truly magical about seeing someone (or yourself) momentarily airborne. “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,” Halsman said. It's funny how authenticity comes through in the most peculiar of ways.

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