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Louis Armstrong, Black and White Portrait Photography of African American Jazzman by Philippe Halsman
Louis Armstrong, Black and White Portrait Photography of African American Jazzman by Philippe Halsman
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An iconic black and white jazz musician photograph of Louis Armstrong, from 1966, by Philippe Halsman. Louis Armstrong, old-school jazz great, was one of the best known jazz musicians and famous African American personalities of his time. Regardless of discrimination and social unrest Armstrong prevailed and prospered as a jazz great with his reputation growing from the 1960s on -- he remains a jazz icon to the present day.

This is an 8" x 10" vintage gelatin silver print signed by the photographer with his copyright stamp and title on verso (back of photo).

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Artist’s Bio:

Philippe Halsman (1906-1979) is considered one of the best editorial photo-portraitists of the 20th Century. Halsman’s photographs of politicians, celebrities, and intellectuals were featured widely in magazines like LIFE and Vogue. He photographed everyone, including luminaries Marc Chagall, Le Corbusier, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein, and many other celebrities from the period. He enjoyed a 37-year collaboration with Salvador Dalí, which resulted in a series of surrealist photographs.

In the 1950s, Halsman began asking his sitters to jump in front of the camera to relax people. The Jump Series is among his best known work. "Starting in the early 1950s I asked every famous or important person I photographed to jump for me. I was motivated by a genuine curiosity. After all, life has taught us to control and disguise our facial expressions, but it has not taught us to control our jumps. I wanted to see famous people reveal in a jump their ambition or their lack of it, their self-importance or their insecurity, and many other traits." –P.H.

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