Dali Atomicus

Dalí Atomicus was a photograph by Phillipe Halsman that changed the face of portrait photography. Hung on the concept of a physicist’s (then) recent announcement that matter itself hangs in a constant state of suspension and in homage to Dalí’s surrealist masterpiece “Leda Atomica” (unfinished in the photo, behind the cats), it took six hours, 28 jumps, and a roomful of assistants throwing angry cats and buckets of water into the air to get the perfect exposure.

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