Austin Ratner

Austin Ratner\'s debut novel The Jump Artist tells of Halsman’s journey from prison to fame and triumph over injustice. Originally published by a tiny US press, the book won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature in 2011.
Austin Ratner: The Jump Artist
Philippe Halsman was famous for photographing the 20th Century’s greatest names jumping in mid-air – from Dali to Monroe, Hitchcock to Picasso. But his professional renown masked the shocking tragedy haunting his life. In 1928 aged twenty-two Halsman was unjustly accused of murdering his father in the Austrian Alps. The anti-semitism of the sensational Halsman case foreshadowed the Holocaust. Albert Einstein and Thomas Mann spoke out on his behalf and Sigmund Freud was called i...