“The photograph of Salvador Dali and Phillipe Halsman, “In voluptate mors” (which was iself inspired by Salvador Dali’s gouache Female Bodies as a Skull painting), was removed by FB as somebody had reported the image on grounds of Nudity. My first instance of Moral policing. Facebook says “Facebook has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and imposes limitations on the display of nudity. At the same time, we aspire to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo’s David or family photos of a child breastfeeding.”I wonder who the kind soul was who reported? I also wonder why Salvador Dali didn’t resort to Breastfeeding so that his work could be shared? I wonder if FB is paying attention to all this?” Avi Das..https://www.facebook.com/avi.das1
Just the other day, I mentioned how Phillipe Halsman was a source of inspiration for fashion photography, but this is not, the only field where his work has been used.
Perhaps one of his most famous pictures, 1951′s “In voluptate mors” (which was iself inspired by Salvador Dali’s gouache Female Bodies as a Skull painting), has been featured, not in one, but in twomovie posters!
Serial killer movie “The silence of the lambs”, used the picture as a small detail of the poster, by employing it as a motif in the moth’s head (you can click on the image, to see it with some more detail).
The skull image idea, was reportedly given to the agency that designed the poster, by director Jonathan Demme, specifically for use in the film’s poster artwork.
The second use, in the poster for British horror flick “The Descent”, was not so subtle, with the obvious difference being that the women in the poster are all dressed in hiking attire, to match the movies’s subject.
If you haven’t seen it yet and like horror movies, I highly recommend it!
And doesn’t this, just seem extremely well suited for the subject???
- Salvador Dali & His Surrealist Artwork Get a Batman & Joker Makeover (laughingsquid.com)