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Dalí Atomicus

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Philippe Halsman, Dalí Atomicus, 1948 (negative); printed later, gelatin silver print, Gift of Stu Levy and Cris Maranze, © Philippe Halsman and Halsman Archive, 86.89.1

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Title

Dalí Atomicus

Artist

Philippe Halsman (American, born Latvia, 1906-1979)

Date

1948 (negative); printed later

Medium

gelatin silver print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 10 1/4 in x 13 in; sheet: 10 7/8 in x 14 in

Inscriptions & Markings

stamp: © "copyright by Philippe Halsman", black ink, verso center

Collection Area

Photography

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of Stu Levy and Cris Maranze

Accession Number

86.89.1

Copyright

© Philippe Halsman and Halsman Archive

Terms

cat

gelatin silver prints

photographs

portraits

Description

Philippe Halsman believed that having his subjects jump rather than sit passively for their portraits would uncover "their ambition or their lack of it, their self-importance or their insecurity, and many other traits." A range of personalities including Marilyn Monroe, Richard Nixon, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor participated in his jumping portraits; this photograph of Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí is the most celebrated of the series. To realize the final image, Halsman made twenty-six exposures over six hours. Though the cats were not harmed during this lengthy process, it is reported that they were not in good spirits by the end of the shoot.

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