Dalí Atomicus by Philippe Halsman – 1948

It is difficult to find a mind with artistic tastes similar to those of Salvador Dalí himself, but of all people it may be Philippe Halsman who came the closest. The Spanish painter and the American photographer collaborated on numerous projects, and the photograph Dalí Atomicus is an excellent representation of their fruitful relationship.

Halsman reported that it took 28 attempts to get the shot right, but in the end the product was well worth the effort. Striving to represent the eccentric nature of Dalí, Halsman came up with the idea of suspension, leveraging the help of his wife and daughter who threw water and the cats into the frame while the protagonist jumped into mid air.