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"Dali Atomicus" by Philippe Halsman - 1948

When i commented on someones photograph looking like Halsman's Atomicus I got asked what that was.


I was a bit amazed, Im surrounded by books about photography and assumed others loved them as well, it appears a lot of people havent seen them.


So here is Dali Atomicus by Philippe Halsman.


You can find out more about Halsman here : and i fully reccomend looking at some more of his work - his collaborations with Salvador Dali were some of the most innovative work around.


And something to note - you could do this in photoshop now easily but Halsman did not - this was shot live. It took 26 tries to get it over five hours - Halsman counted to four, Dali leapt, 3 assistants threw the cats, one threw the water from a bucket and Halsman's wife held the chair. Its all done in the camera.


Note that I in no way claim creation, copyright, ownership or control of this image in any way. It was taken from a public domain site where it is presented as a wallpaper image and will be taken down if requested.

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Taken on September 26, 2005