Portrait of Leslie Venable by Philippe Halsman (1946)
Philippe made the portrait of Leslie Venable on the studio camera which he built himself. The camera, which uses 9x12 cm film, has a 21 cm f 4.5 Zeiss Tessar lens and is a twin reflex type that enables him to watch the pose and lighting during exposure. For this picture, he used Ansco Superman Portrait film and exposed 1/5 second at f 11. A fill-in light was used as the main source; a spot was added for backlighting.
(from Popular Photography, Vol. XVIII, No.1, January 1946)