“One Day with Salvador Dalí”: A Surreal Photo Shoot of Salvador Dalì in His Seaside Villa, 1955


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In 1955, photographer Charles Hewitt visited Salvador Dalí and his wife (and muse) Gala at their home to shoot photos for a British editorial magazine called Picture Post. The famous artist posed up showing his surreal personality and didn’t miss this opportunity to shock his audience. Hewitt ended up titling the photoshoot simply as “One day with Salvador Dalí”.

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In 1930, a few months after his father threw him out of the house, unable to stand his strange personality, Salvador Dalí purchased a former fisherman’s shack. The property was paid with some of the 20,000 francs that the Viscount of Noailles had given him as an advance for a painting that would later become The Old Age of William Tell.


Charles Hewitt/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Dalí lived and worked in this house starting in 1930 and until Gala’s death in 1982. Since then the house has become a museum and everything kept just as it was when the couple lived there, complete with its phallic-shaped swimming pool and yellow Sempervivum adornments, Gala’s favorite flowers.


Charles Hewitt/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images


Charles Hewitt/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images


Charles Hewitt/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images


Charles Hewitt/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images


Charles Hewitt/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images


Charles Hewitt/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images


Charles Hewitt/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images


Charles Hewitt/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images


Charles Hewitt/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images


Charles Hewitt/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images


Charles Hewitt/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images


Charles Hewitt/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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