More on Creatives As Models

Previ­ously, we (espe­cially Jack Allen) were all agreed that Jack Allen created the “Send our Boys to Camp” photos. Another vote in that direc­tion came from Milt Halberstadt’s son, Hans. Hal’s seemed to know all of Jack’s photo tech­niques as well.

From Hans :
If we are talking about “Send Our Boys to Camp” and that series, I nomi­nate the legendary Mr. Jack Allen. The subtle shad­ings of tone, the magnif­i­cent compo­si­tion of the figures, the subtle humor, all indi­cate nobody but Mr. Allen. If the gents had been wearing slices of Dole pineapple or had been popping out of a can with a Del Monte label on it, art histo­rians of the future would surely iden­tify the photos as M. Halberstadt’s, but based on what I can tell from the images, I would say that there is no doubt that they were made with a Hassle­blad 500C and 200mm lens and that the film was prob­ably Plus-​X and exposed at f11 at 1/​10th of a second using tung­sten light in a large diffusing fixture. Further­more, I can see from the image that all the partic­i­pants had lunched at New Joe’s and all had absorbed an average of 3.7 mixed drinks, mostly martinis with a Booth gin foundation. 

It was the work of a genius with a good sense of humor and a portrait of three wonderful guys and a wonderful time and place.

Bless­ings on you all from…
Your faithful scribe,
Hans Halber­stadt

At the time of said photos, “Hal” was mostly known for his “table-​top” photog­raphy. But in much earlier times, Hal mastered many subjects, including the human form, with non-​other than Anna Halprin. These works can now be seen on one of our favorite links… found at he column at the left, under Places We Like…MHFT (Milton Halber­stadt Family Trust) Galleries…Anna Halprin/​Dance (then follow the small arrow at the right.)