Flashbacks on Film: Dali Atomicus

2012-02-07 4

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 #salvador-dali #dali-atomicus #philippe-halsman #vintage #flashbacks-on-film-series #lifestyle

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 :)

More Interesting Articles

  • Cameras in Depth: Plain Glass Viewfinders

    written by sirio174 on 2016-05-11 #gear
    Cameras in Depth: Plain Glass Viewfinders

    This article, the beginning of a new series, is dedicated to the comparison of some cameras with a plain glass viewfinder, without focusing aids, except the possible presence of a rangefinder. As you can discover here, our composition depends on the selected viewfinder. Take a look!

    2016-05-11 13
  • Newcomer of the Week: klemidesigns

    written by lomography on 2016-01-17 #news #videos
    Newcomer of the Week: klemidesigns

    It's no secret that the community is a treasure trove of film photography tips and techniques. And this artistic atmosphere is what exactly piqued Kellie Leming's interest. In this interview, our newcomer of the week from Nashville, Tennesse opens up about how the music community in her hometown inspires her to be positive and creative and what shooting on film means to her.

    2016-01-17 4
  • First Roll: Brunoroids with Lomochrome Purple Film! [NSFW]

    written by lomographynyc on 2016-09-14 #people
    First Roll: Brunoroids with Lomochrome Purple Film! [NSFW]

    When experimenting with new rolls of film, it's often the first roll that brings both the most joy and the most trial & tribulation. We want to start highlighting some successful first attempts here on our Magazine with our films. The first in this line up is Brian Bruno aka Brunoroids.

  • Shop News

    Great discounts on Instax Mini films when you them with the Lomo'Instant Milano

    Great discounts on Instax Mini films when you them with the Lomo'Instant Milano

    Purchase the newest, coolest, pinkest Lomo'Instant yet, the Lomo'Instant Milano and get up to 20% off the price of film when you buy it with 10 packs of Instax Mini Films!

  • Art Date Go-To's: 5 Exhibitions Worth Visiting This Weekend

    written by lomographymagazine on 2016-05-20 #videos
    Art Date Go-To's: 5 Exhibitions Worth Visiting This Weekend

    This week's gallery and museum listing is all about reminiscing and taking you back to the past.

    2016-05-20
  • Newcomer of the Week: Kana Fujisaki (gara0802)

    written by lomography on 2016-04-24
    Newcomer of the Week: Kana Fujisaki (gara0802)

    We're always on the lookout for inspiring content from our community newcomers. This week, Kana Fujisaki grabbed our attention with her evocative photo series featuring young lovers by the sea. In this quick chat, our featured Lomographer from Japan opens up about her humble beginnings and the inspirations behind her intimate imagery.

    2016-04-24 5
  • Long Exposures Around Europe with the Minitar-1 Art Lens

    written by antoniocastello on 2015-12-10 #gear #places
    Long Exposures Around Europe with the Minitar-1 Art Lens

    One of the things I like the most about the Minitar-1 Art lens is how sharp the focus can be when you shoot with a small aperture. So if you are one of those that like to shoot at night, get a tripod, add this to a late dark winter afternoon, and you will end up with a bunch of beautiful long exposures. This is what I did on my last trip to Europe.

    2015-12-10 4
  • Shop News

    Fight the cold and wrap your noggin or your camera with a Pouch Beanie!

    Fight the cold and wrap your noggin or your camera with a Pouch Beanie!

    Protect your beloved analogue arsenal from the cold weather, or your keep your head warm with the COOPH Pouch Beanie Original Grey!

  • A Series of Hand-Painted Vintage Photographs

    written by lomographymagazine on 2016-04-17
    A Series of Hand-Painted Vintage Photographs

    We can only imagine what the past was like. Experiment-ready film photographers often recreate it in rose-colored filters and tints. On the other hand, some artists reimagine old photos by manually coloring them.

    2016-04-17 1
  • Open Your Lomography Treasure Chest Rumble

    written by Lomography on 2016-09-14 #news
    Open Your Lomography Treasure Chest Rumble

    In case you missed the news: You can now comment on articles and other snapshots by fellow lomographers using photos uploaded on your LomoHome! Don't be shy and give this cool new feature a try in this competition.

    2016-09-14 21
  • Sweet Deals For Film Photography Day 2016

    written by shhquiet on 2016-04-12 #news
    Sweet Deals For Film Photography Day 2016

    This is the 4th year that we're celebrating Film Photography Day! On top of all the exciting parties, workshops, and activities we prepared just for you, we will also be having special deals on selected Lomography items until April 17th, valid Online and in Gallery Stores!

    2016-04-12
  • Shop News

    Up to 50% off on Lomography Bags!

    Up to 50% off on Lomography Bags!

    Need something to keep your gear safe in and share your pride with the world? An amazing selection of Lomography bags are currently on sale! Don't lose the moment and get your favorite one!

  • How to Develop Photos on Stone in a Darkroom

    written by tomas_bates on 2016-02-17 #gear #tutorials
    How to Develop Photos on Stone in a Darkroom

    I have always loved the idea of seeing my photos on stone and other natural materials. So, a few months ago, I began googling how it could be done. This is how I discovered (and fell in love with) liquid emulsion. Liquid emulsion is photographic emulsion which you can melt down and paint on any surface. You can then expose an image and develop it using traditional darkroom chemicals. In this article, I would like to explain the process a little, so that if you are also interested in giving this fun process a go, you can!

    2016-02-17 12
  • Memories and Mementos With the Smartphone Film Scanner

    written by Lomography on 2016-02-05 #news
    Memories and Mementos With the Smartphone Film Scanner

    Riffle through those embarrassing baby photos, search through snaps of grandma and grandpa, and revisit your parents' hilarious old haircuts! Round up your best family photographs and scan them with the Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner. To put you in a nostalgic mood, check out these photographs from the past 100 years that we found in our online community!

    2016-02-05
  • Tipster: Photo Scratch by ilcontrariodime

    written by bartolomo on 2016-02-18 #people #tutorials
    Tipster: Photo Scratch by ilcontrariodime

    We know that creativity has no limits and that you can never stop learning. Thanks to our community member, ilcontrariodime, we discovered how to hack films with anything that comes to mind, resulting in the photo scratch! This article explains how ilcontrariodime used this new technique.

    2016-02-18 3
  • Find Out More About