How Dali and Halsman made "In Voluptas Mors"



One of the most iconic images of Salvador Dali's career was the photo of a skull composed from the artfully arranged bodies of nude models.

The image was shot by Philippe Halsman, who used seven models for the shot, following a sketch made by Dali for guidance, in a gruelling three hour shoot, where 28 different attempts were staged.

This photo-series depicts the process by which the models were arranged, and is most striking for the good natured equanimity radiating from the models, who are being put into very awkward postures and proximity in service to a rather mad and wonderful vision.


THE MAKING OF “IN VOLUPTAS MORS” – SALVADOR DALI & PHILIPPE HALSMAN [NSFW]