Thursday, May 19, 2011
I will post this one picture, and then get back to more recent photographs. In May of 1974 I had an assignment to photograph Salvador Dali. He was onboard the SS France, about to set sail from the west side of Manhattan, for Europe. The writer and I were ushered into a stateroom, which turned out to be packed with people. Oh man, what a place to have to set up a strobe light and photograph. It had the feel of a circus, but Dali appeared to be having fun, with all the attention. I have photographed a lot of celebrities, but I was in disbelief that I was in the presence of Salvador Dali! We all know his painting "The Persistence of Memory" which some call "The Melting Watches." I remember how I was moved when I saw that painting for the first time at the Museum of Modern Art on a high school class trip, and here I was years later crouching at the master's feet photographing him! Sometimes life can be amazing.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:34 PM