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Philippe Halsman (1906-1979) was born in Riga, Latvia and began his photographic career in Paris in the 1930's. He came to the United States in 1940 after obtaining an emergency visa with help from Albert Einstein. He was one of America's preeminent photographers from the 1940's through the 1970's. His work is now in the permanent collections of museums throughout the world and have been published widely in books and magazines. He has had a record 101 photographs on the cover of Life magazine.

In the early 1980's, Martin Ackerman and various private collectors donated, to Plattsburgh State Art Museum, a significant collection of over 200 photographs by Halsman.

A selection from these photographs will serve to introduce our students and the public to our photography resources and explain the scope of this artist.

The works, which were formerly part of the artist's studio, will be a nostalgic trip back to the 1940's thru the 1970's.

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