Philippe Halsman’s strangely fascinating “In Voluptate Mors” was created in association with controversial artist and frequent collaborator, Salvador Dali. Halsman (1906 – 1979), a celebrity photographer who shot 101 “Life” magazine covers, combined his interests in Surrealism and psychology to help pioneer experimental photography. During his 30-year friendship with Dali, Halsman would consistently succeed in creating the strange and seemingly impossible images suggested by the artist.
Philippe Halsman rejuvenated celebrity photography, pioneering experimental photography. Arriving in America with only a suitcase and camera after fleeing the Paris Nazi invasion, Halsman (1906 – 1979) soon shot a record 101 covers for “Life” magazine. He was known for provoking celebrities and photographing them jumping to reveal their spontaneous selves. Also collaborating with artist Salvador Dali for 30 years, Halsman created a famous image of Dali, water, cats and furniture frozen in midair.