Not On The Web - Does Not ExistThursday, March 14, 2013
There are a few who believe that if it isn’t on the web it does not exist or will never exist.
|Photo by Philippe Halsman, 1967|
I have written about the Bobby Fischer portrait which I consider to be as close to perfection as any that any photographer has ever taken. You can see it here. In second picture below click twice to read what Halsman says about his Fischer photograph.
Imagine my surprise when I recently received an email from a conscientious researcher who will place (I am sometimes resistant to the term “publish”) on an on line magazine/webpage. The researcher had found this blog of mine and wanted to use the portrait of Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin taken by Philippe Halsman. The body of the conscientious researcher’s email contained this: Are you sure the photo of de Chardin is by Phillipe Hallsman? I am trying to publish one and they say they cannot find this particular photograph.
One of the reasons for the apparent problem, besides the fact that the conscientious researcher had misspelled Halsman’s name (it could have been solved by a conscientious research that would not have exceeded a few minutes), is that few of Halsman’s photographs have been up until recent times because of his wife’s dogged and heroic defense of the copyright.
My concern today is that this poor blogger has been consulted for a smidgen of information that is out there and as close as a public library that would have Halsman’s book in its collections.
But as I pointed out in the beginning: There are a few who believe that if it isn’t on the web it does not exist or will never exist.
We can now add: Hard copy books in libraries are dead.
Of the photo that you see here scanned from my copy of the book Halsman at Work, wife Yvonne writes: After a complicated and difficult sitting in the studio when Philippe used two ladders for the job, he had this idea for our 1967 Christmas card.