Wednesday, January 03, 2007

13 Photographs That Changed the World.

While the Treason Media has cheerfully perverted photography into "fauxtography", there was a time when images had an honest impact through their artistry or relevance. Neatorama has a bakers dozen to peruse, with some interesting info for each.

Philippe Halsman is quite possibly the only photographer to have made a career out of taking portraits of people jumping. But he claimed the act of leaping revealed his subjects’ true selves, and looking at his most famous jump, "Dalí Atomicus," it’s pretty hard to disagree.

The photograph is Halsman’s homage both to the new atomic age (prompted by physicist’ then-recent announcement that all matter hangs in a constant state of suspension) and to Dalí’s surrealist masterpiece "Leda Atomica" (seen on the right, behind the cats, and unfinished at the time). It took six hours, 28 jumps, and a roomful of assistants throwing angry cats and buckets of water into the air to get the perfect exposure.
Check 'em out, yo!

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