Salvador Dalí is seemingly roped down from a helicopter on his world-renowned mustache, chasing weightless through the air with cats or making it rain popcorn and baguettes.
Shots like these of the century's foremost artist can be the product of only one man: Philippe Halsman (1906 – 1979). He was one of the most successful portrait photographers of his time. His photographs of the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein, and John F. Kennedy became icons, and he supplied hundreds of covers for the big illustrated magazines. Little known is the extent of his astonishingly equal collaboration with Dalí, whom he met in New York in 1941. Over three decades there arose a chiefly photographic oeuvre which, in many respects, was ahead of its time.
Thanks to access to Halsman's private archive Anna Feldhaus has accomplished a true new discovery. No other photographer reflected Dalí's playful recklessness as well as he did. No other created a more fitting overall portrait of this Master of Masks than did Philippe Halsman photographic oeuvre which, in many respects, was ahead of its time.