Artists as Writers: Dali’s Mustache by Salvador Dali and Philippe Halsman (NSFW)

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I bought this book when I visited the Dali exhibit at the High Museum in Atlanta.  I consider it a book written by an artist because all the text came from Dali and they do give him authorial credit.  Such as the preface where Dali writes about hair’s importance in history.  They also have an afterword by Halsman and a list of facts behind each photograph.  The book itself consists of questions, Dali’s answers, and Halsman’s photographs on top of said answers.  Now, I know what you will probably think while you read this, “Why should I buy this $12.95 book? I can find his quotes and pictures anywhere on the internet for free.”  Well, you have a point on that.  However, this cute little hardback the size of a woman’s hand (mine specifically) has a value to it.  The Halsman photo combined with a Dali quote packs a humorous punch to it.  This combination showed how the two complemented each other.  It also makes a great conversation piece as well.  If you have a bad day, thumb through this book, because it will put a smile on your face.  The photos themselves range from small and intimate to detailed and grandiose, each representing a Dali quote featured.  One disappointing aspect of the book has no other photographs created by the pair, such as the two featured in this entry.  On the other hand, I understand why.  These photos did not fit with the overall theme of the book, which centers Dali’s mustache.  All in all, I consider this book a delightful treasure for Dali and photography lovers.

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4 comments

  1. Hi Catherine! I love that atomicus photo. When I was dragged out to watch Inception earlier this year, I saw the profound way these Dali/Halsmann images affected the cinematography of that film.

    I think it’s always quite thrilling to see Dali’s legacy make it into film in so many instances(eg. David Lynch, Peter Greenaway) – I imagine he would have liked that.

    Kind Regards
    H Niyazi
    threepipeproblem.blogspot.com

    • The Atomicus photo is amazing.
      I haven’t seen Inception yet, I will one day in a dollar theater (hopefully). The picture with his face as a clock and the one with a fly on his mustache are my favorites. In a way, I’m not surprised that Dali would have an influence over Inception, since from what I hear, it is about dreams. Regarding the other two directors, I’m could see the Dali influence as well, especially when it came nonlinear plots and the focus on the perverse. Regarding what Dali would think about that, he probably would act unsurprised and say something dirty.

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