Monday, 10 November 2008

When Halsman met Dali

Philippe Halsman self portrait.

Dali Atomicus, 1947 - the unretouched version showing the suspension devices.

Dali Atomicus, 1947 - the retouched version.

Salvador Dali portrait, In Voluptas Mors ,1951.

Dali and Rhinoceros, 1960.

Noted photographer Philippe Halsman (1906 -1979) met Dali on assignment in 1941, and over the next three decades they collaborated on many projects, including a series of bizarre tableaux embodying the philosophies of the surrealists. Their most notable production was Dali Atomicus, in which the artist, his canvas, furniture, cats, and water all appear to be suspended in midair.

In 1999 the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery held an exhibition, Philippe Halsman: A Retrospective. Many of these photographs have proven to be the definitive image of his subjects.

HALSMAN: A Retrospective
Photographs from the Halsman Family Collection

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Pigtown-Design said...

i just heard a story on npr about how they did the flying cats shot.

posted your book yesterday. it should be there in a few days.

Paul Pincus said...

the last two images are so insanely incredible!