Flashbacks on Film: Dali Atomicus

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In this new weekly series, we’ll be bringing you some film photos from the past that deserve some recognition. This week, the focus is on Dali Atomicus.

Photo via Vintage Printable

Dali Atomicus is a Salvadore Dali photograph taken in 1948 by portrait photographer Philippe Halsman. Salvador Dali and Philippe Halsman met in 1941 and went on to collaborate on several projects. In 1948, they worked together on Dali Atomicus, Halsman’s tribute to the atomic age and to one of Dali’s works entitled Leda Atomica. At that time, it was recently announced by a physicist that matter hangs from a constant state of suspension. That statement became the focus of this photograph.

Philippe Halsman is known for taking portraits of personalities while they are in mid-jump. This was also the case for the Dali Atomicus. Several ideas were thought out before the final decision for the concept of the photo was made.

To achieve this shot, Dali had to jump 28 times. They worked for a total of 6 hours, and the assistants during the shoot had to throw buckets of water, and cats across the room to achieve the perfect exposure for the photograph. Below are some outtakes from the photo shoot.

Photos via Behind the Photo

Sources for this article include Wikipedia: Philippe Halsman, Behind the Photo and Neatorama.

Which photos would you like to get featured on Flashbacks on Film? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

written by jeanmendoza on 2012-02-07 in #lifestyle #dali-atomicus #philippe-halsman #vintage #flashbacks-on-film-series #salvador-dali

4 Comments

  1. ihave2pillows
    ihave2pillows ·

    poor cats lol

  2. paoletta555
    paoletta555 ·

    ..and poor water!! :))

  3. jeffr
    jeffr ·

    @paoletta555 lol

  4. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    OH MY ALLAH SUBHANAHUWATA'ALA, I FEEL SUPERB NOTHING :)

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