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.
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,
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.)