August 5, 2003

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From the Smithsonian's retrospective of the work of Philip Halsman located at:Portraits by Halsman Here we've placed two separate images together to see how a photographer's vision is translated into a magazine cover. Hard to see how Marilyn could make a "case for interplanetary saucers," but it would be hard to resist picking up this magazine to see what that case could be. After all, people only read Life for the

articles, right?

The online exhibition's notes on this shoot relate the "secret' to working with celebrities:

In the spring of 1952, Halsman put his signature technique to work when Life sent him to Hollywood to photograph Marilyn Monroe. Halsman asked Monroe to stand in a corner, and placed his camera directly in front of her. Later, he recalled that she looked "as if she had been pushed into the corner cornered with no way to escape." Then Halsman, his assistant, and Life's reporter staged a "fiery" competition for Monroe's attention. "Surrounded by three admiring men she smiled, flirted, giggled and wriggled with delight. During the hour I kept her cornered she enjoyed herself royally, and I . . . took between 40 and 50 pictures."

Posted by Vanderleun at August 5, 2003 9:15 AM
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Heck, if I tried that, it'd end up with Mace(tm) and restraining orders... :-p (Or, given the number of SCAdian ladies I know, it'd be a real mace, and not tear-gas in a can.)

Posted by: Cybrludite at August 11, 2003 5:25 AM

sweet cereal with milk. a pair of black pants will normally suffice. cereal bars packaging equipment - side loader. in a sealable container, combine the toasted cereal and milk. baby sleeping in blue: one of the cute page layout ideas you may want to consider is one that centers on a "little boy blue" theme.

Posted by: ChadCox at May 28, 2013 6:18 PM