Once upon a time before photoshop.....
December 21, 2013 9:11 AM   Subscribe

Phillipe Halsman is probably best known for his collaborations with Salvador Dali and for his Jump series.
A Latvian, he was exiled from Austria in 1931 after serving prison time for patricide and went to Paris where his photographic career really began; also this series of magnum galleries shows the full diversification of his work.
posted by adamvasco (3 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Shooting Film — How The Famous "Dali Atomicus" Photo Was Taken:
The 1948 work Dali Atomicus explores the idea of suspension, depicting three cats flying, water thrown from a bucket, an easel, a footstool and Salvador Dalí all seemingly suspended in mid-air. The title of the photograph is a reference to Dalí's work Leda Atomica (at that which can be seen in the right of the photograph behind the two cats.) Halsman reported that it took 28 attempts to be satisfied with the result.
No school like the old school.
posted by cenoxo at 9:43 AM on December 21, 2013 [2 favorites]

Even though technically a portrait is just a picture of someone, you could immediately tell when it was a Halsman (even the static ones like Einstein). He even got Dick Nixon to jump! It's a very Nixonian jump, obviously, but it's still the most informal picture of him I've ever seen.
posted by tommasz at 12:08 PM on December 21, 2013

These are fabulous. It's a Dali Christmas!
posted by sneebler at 4:31 PM on December 21, 2013

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