Henry Leutwyler

Henry Leutwyler

Henry Leutwyler
Philippe Halsman
A Photographer’s Life

Exhibition from September 7, 2024, to January 19, 2025

In 1979, at the age of 17, Henry Leutwyler discovered Philippe Halsman’s work at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York, one month after the death of this major figure in twentieth-century photography. Thirty-eight years later, in 2017, Leutwyler delved deep into Halsman’s archives. He spent several months staging his countless personal belongings to create a biography of the renowned photographer through his objects. The result is the groundbreaking project Philippe Halsman. A Photographer’s Life, produced in collaboration with The Halsman Archive and co-produced with the Biennale Images Vevey. A pair of glasses, tripods, various passports, travel soaps: these photographed objects testify to the prolific career of one of the most influential artists of his generation, known for authoring 101 covers for LIFE magazine. This series of images also reveals Halsman’s almost obsessive practice of keeping everything. By portraying a photographer through his objects, Leutwyler pays a unique tribute to the artist he admires and to the history of photography, while evoking the era of the silver image in the digital age.

Swiss-born photographer Henry Leutwyler (1961) lives in New York.