“Halsman began a thirty-seven-year collaboration with Salvador Dalí in 1941 which resulted in a stream of unusual "photographs of ideas," including Dalí Atomicus and the Dalí's Mustache series. In the early 1950s, Halsman began to ask his subjects to jump for his camera at the conclusion of each sitting. 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.

Contact sheet for that iconic Phillipe Hallsman photo of Salvador Dali, 1948 Dali-Atomicus, 1948 by Philippe Halsman «The photo agency Magnum Photos, founded by Henri Cartier-Bresson, launched the book ”Magnum Contact Sheets” with material ever published: the contact sheets of. This special and important photography book presents, for the first time, the very best contact sheets created by Magnum photographers. Contact sheets tell the truth behind a photograph. They unveil its process, and provide its back story. Was it the outcome of what a photographer had in mind from the outset?