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Here’s photographic proof that even Salvador Dalí knew that cats…

Here’s photographic proof that even Salvador Dalí knew that cats are super awesome. Entitled Dali Atomicus, this fantastic photo was taken in 1948 by American photographer Philippe Halsman and originally published in LIFE magazine.

“The 1948 work Dali Atomicus explores the idea of suspension, depicting three cats flying, water thrown from a bucket, an easel, a footstool and Salvador Dalí all seemingly suspended in mid-air. The title of the photograph is a reference to Dalí’s work Leda Atomica (which can be seen in the right of the photograph behind the two cats.)”

Just as fun as the final photo itself are glimpses of some of the 28 attempts it took until everyone was satisfied, including this unretouched version of the final photo that reveals the hands of an assistant holding the chair as wel as the wires suspending the easel, Dalí’s painting, and the footstool:


Visit Shooting Film to learn more about how this outstanding photo was created.

[via Twisted Sifter, Shooting Film, and MoMA]

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