Warmup 48

Photographer Philippe Halsman photographed many of the famous and powerful people of his day. He also asked these subjects to do something strange. Here is what he says about it:

"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."

Here are some examples from his series of jumps:


Why does Halsman have his subjects jump? What does this say about having your portrait subjects doing something different?