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.)