If any of your whippersnapper friends insist that you need Photoshop to make your photos look good, better school them on the impeccable work of portrait artist Philippe Halsman, who made one of our time’s most memorable photos through sheer determination. And lots of pissed off cats.
When you see this brilliant portrait of Salavador Dali by photographer Philippe Halsman, you are rendered speechless. How can something so surreal be done without the help and intervention of computers and post-processing software? Is it even possible?
Of course its possible. However one has to remember, that “great art isn’t a coincidence or a singular act — producing art requires practice, numerous mistakes, and attention to detail that makes the final product look effortless.” (quote from informercantile.com) Halsman himself, didn’t get to his breathtaking image, the Dali Atomicus with one shot but with actually 28.
The Atomicus photo, the most famous of the Halsman/Dali colaborration, took 28 takes — “after each exposure, while the assistants mopped the floor and reclaimed cats, Halsman developed the film to see the progress in the composition. Accidents would happen. The water, intended for the cats, would cover Dali’s face instead.”
Without a shadow of a doubt, Philippe Halsman is one of the greatest photographers in the history of man, showing us how impossible shots are far from impossible. All it takes is a lot of hard work, and lots of lucid cats.
Here’s a few more of his work, all of which had zero Photoshop done!