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Discover the Genius of Philippe Halsman's Surrealist Portraits

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“Salvador Dali A (Dali Atomicus), 1948” by Latvian-born American portrait photographer Philippe Halsman (1906-1979)


Dream of a Poet: Halsman's Playful Portraits of Jean Cocteau

“Dali Atomicus” (1948) … this portrait of Salvadore Dali by photographer Philippe Halsman took five hours and 28 attempts to achieve his desired depiction of the idea of suspension

Elizabeth Taylor by Philippe Halsman, 1948. (Sidenote: This portrait is often incorrectly attributed to Yousuf Karsh. Halsman did, in fact, take this photo during a session for LIFE magazine to mark the occasion of Elizabeth’s sixteenth birthday and should be duly credited.)