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In the Company of Dali
The Photography of Robert Whitaker
300 x 300mm (square)
150 colour/b&w photographs
Hardback with dustjacket
In the early 1970s, the photographer Robert Whitaker met the Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali. It was a meeting of like minds since Robert was a genuine admirer of the surrealist movement and often incorporated elements of its fantasy world into his photography. One of his most controversial pieces of work is the now-infamous Beatles album known as the 'Butchers Cover'.
Robert Whitaker became a photographer during the 1960s and, working from his Chelsea studio just off the Kings Road, he was at the heart of events that unfolded during the 'Swinging Sixties', recording the advent of flower power and photographing all the major personalities of time; Eric Clapton, Germaine Greer, Julie Christie and Mick Jagger. A meeting with Brian Epstein resulted in a contract to become the official photographer to a popular band of the time - The Beatles. For two unforgettable years he toured the world with the group.
However, Robert Whitakers first love was art and the chance to meet Dali was the fulfilment of a dream. One of the most important aspects of photography is to be in the right place at the right time and Robert was able to capture a series of images of Dali while at the height of his fame.
For many years, the negatives that Robert had produced at Dali's home in Port Ligat, and in Barcelona and Paris, had remained in storage. These were handed to Trevor Legate and over a period of several months every negative was printed in his darkroom specifically for this book. The images reveal Dali at home, relaxing with his wife Gala, with guests such as Amanda Lear, working on his last major oil painting and showing Robert around one of Gaudi's buildings in Barcelona. For the first time, the photographs reveal Dali's studio and his method of storing the many canvases he was working on.
This very personal book reveals an insight into the world of Salvador Dali and the public and private face of a great artist and consummate showman. The photographs illustrate the candid, spontaneous style of Robert Whitaker's photography that, although shot without the use of tripods, flash or any other technical gadgetry, effectively record a time, a place and a personality, the likes of which will never be seen again.