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As stated in the subject, I want to know the artist to a certain picture I found on the internet several years ago. I came across another photo by the same person about a year ago that shared the artist's name, but I didn't write down and can not remember it. I have attached the image below. (Truthfully, I can not tell if it is a photo or a painting, and if it is clearly not a photo to you, please let me know).

Hello Heather,

This is a VERY famous photograph. This is "Dali Atomicus", an action portrait of the very famous Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali (1904-1989), taken by the equally famous American photographer Philippe Halsman (1906-1979) of New York in 1948. There are endless accounts and biographies of Dali all over the internet, and no lack of sites to see photographs by Halsman. This particular photograph was an attempt by Halsman to capture the surrealist feel of Dali's own absurd works...and it clearly succeeded! Both artists remain extremely popular today...

Best wishes,

David F. Silver - President
International Photographic Historical Organization


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I'm an expert on all types of antique, classic, and contemporary cameras, as well as the general history of photography. Everything from ancient box cameras to modern single-lens-reflex; from simple Kodaks to sophisticated Leica and Nikon; from glass plates and roll film to movie and 35mm. I can identify and appraise them, explain how they work, and offer insights on their restoration and care. I can also provide historical background on vintage cameras and equipment, and guidelines on their purchase and sale.


I've been a professional photographer and a student of the history of photography for nearly 30 years. During that time my collection of vintage cameras and photographic paraphernalia has grown beyond 2000 significant pieces. I've published nearly 70 articles in the field, including 16 in the popular "Buying Classic Cameras" series for PHOTO SHOPPER MAGAZINE from 1995 to 1997, I'm currently a contributing editor for CAMERA SHOPPER MAGAZINE and McKEOWN'S PRICE GUIDE TO ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC CAMERAS, and I've written numerous entries for WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIA. Portions of my collection have been displayed in museums and special exhibits in the past two decades, and many of the items were photographed as illustrations for books. In 1985 I founded the International Photographic Historical Organization (InPHO), which eventually evolved into its intended purpose as the best first resource for information on the history of photography. I'm also a founding member of several e-mail forums dedicated to specialized areas of photography, and I'm the moderator of the Internet Directory of Camera Collectors (IDCC), which remains the largest and most successful such group in the world. For more information about the International Photographic Historical Organization and its many services, please visit its web pages at:

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