Damiani Books jumps into new venture

Damiani Books jumps into new venture

Damiani Books is reissuing the 1959 photography book Philippe Halsman’s Jump Book (September, £30), which features 197 photos of celebrities jumping.

For a period in the mid-1950s portrait photographer Halsman, who died in 1979, asked his subjects to jump at the end of a session. He wrote: “In a jump, the subject, in a sudden burst of energy, overcomes gravity. He cannot simultaneously control his expressions, his facial and limb muscles. The mask falls. The real self becomes visible.”

Subjects in the book include Audrey Hepburn [pictured], Marilyn Monroe and Aldous Huxley, and it includes previously unpublished images. The book is a replica of the original, bar the imprint page and cover wording.

Andrea Albertini, Damiani president, said: “These images of airborne movie stars, politicians, royalty, artists and authors are an important part of Halsman’s legacy and Damiani takes great pleasure in publishing this classic book in facsimile edition in collaboration with the Philippe Halsman Archive and Magnum Photos.”

Bologna-based Damiani was founded in 2004. It specialises in art and photography books and is distributed by Abrams & Chronicle.