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© Philippe Halsman, 1948, Portrait of Jean Cocteau (with multiple hands)

“The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order.” (Jean Cocteau)

Before the age of Photoshop, there was Philippe Halsman. His dynamic and imaginative photography broke the rules of the day by going against the soft focus style of the time and giving sharp focus to his subjects. He used both stage and darkroom techniques to produce gravity defying objects and invented new ways of interacting with subjects. (read more)

Leon Bakst – Nijinski as Le Dieu Bleu – 1911


Le Dieu Bleu is a one act ballet by Jean Cocteau and Federigo de Madrazo.  Fokine was the choreographer and music was by Reynaldo Hahn with décor and costume by Leon Bakst.  Le Dieu Bleu premiered May 13, 1912 at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris.