Born and raised in New York City Halsband discovered photography in the school darkroom at age 10 and without a camera for the first year made prints from negatives of old family portraits. He received a B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in 1980 and began making portraits of artists and musicians, including his most known and iconic portrait of Andy Warhol & Jean-Michel Basquiat with Boxing Gloves. He has exhibited nationally and internationally with the latest solo show in April 2015 at the National Arts Club in New York City. His work is represented by Gagosian Gallery in London and Paris. Museum collections that hold his work include MoMA, New York; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh PA; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, Florida; The Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York; The Watermill Center, New York; Sir Elton John Collection. He is currently continuing to make portraits in the same studio he has lived and worked in since 1979 and teaches portrait photography at the School of Visual Arts where he is a board member of the School of Visual Arts Alumni Society.