Philippe Halsman and Salvador Dalí collaborated on many photography projects with Halsman shooting Dali as the subject. The most famous one is Dalí Atomicus, which depicts the artist Dalí suspended in air with a bucket of water, three cats, a chair and the Leda Atomicus painting.
The photo was created in 1948 with a complicated set up and team working together to make all the subjects appear in suspension, at the same time, in an interesting composition. Philippe was a creative genius when it came to setting up a picture with props and techniques which would normally be created very easily and quickly today in Photoshop.
TIME Magazine recently listed Dali Atomicus as one of "The Top 100 Photographs of All Time" and features the process of how the photograph was created in the video below.
The video is narrated by my dear friend Irene Halsman, Philippe Halsman's daughter.
You can read more about the 37 year collaboration and friendship between Philippe Halsman and Salvadore Dalí here: http://100photos.time.com/photos/philippe-halsman-dali-atomicus
View more samples of Philippe Halsman's work on his website: www.philippehalsman.com