“Invisible Dali” Salvador Dalí by Philippe Halsman, 1954
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“Invisible Dali” Salvador Dalí by Philippe Halsman, 1954

Portrait from the book Dali's Mustache (1954) by Philippe Halsman, the book features thirty-six pictures of the artist and his unmistakable mustache. Philippe Halsman's best-known photographs are of the surrealist artist Salvador Dalí, whom he first met in 1941. Halsman had a longstanding appreciation for Surrealism, and in the late 1940s he began to collaborate with Dalí, commencing a creative partnership that would continue intermittently for more than three decades. The Halsman/Dali portfolio showcases ten of Halsman's photographs made between 1948 and 1964, including the famous image Dali Atomicus (1948). In this photograph, Halsman captures Dalí in mid-air along with two of his paintings, a bucket of water, and three flailing cats. Dalí Atomicus was published as a two-page spread in LIFE.