Philippe Halsman

"Dali Atomicus"

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Background History

Halsman was so inspired by Dali's painting Leda Atomica, so Halsman thought he would try to recreate it a little bit. This version of the photo appeared in the LIFE magazine. This photo was copyrighted with the U.S Copyright Office, but the U.S Congress claimed it was not renewed. This photo only served a short term in the public and around the world. This photo was taken in a studio in New York, and this is an action photo. As said above this photo was inspired from Dali's painting Leda Atomica.

My Opinion

Yes, I like this portrait, because it is so unique. What makes this unique in my mind is, because of the unusualness of the photo. Yes, I would change this photo a little bit, by changing it into color, but that would be my only change to it. Yes, Halsman did capture Dali's personality perfectly, because Dali was kind of weird, but unique at the same time. This photo is a little weird, because of Dali being suspended in the air and the cats crashing out of the easel.
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