Documentary Collection. Photographs

  • Salvador Dalí in front of the pigeon loft in Portlligat, Melitó Casals (Meli), 1958

  • Dali’s Mustache, Philippe Halsman, 1954

  • Salvador Dalí painting miniatures for jewels at Hampton Manor, Eric Schaal, 1941

  • Salvador Dalí and Gala working on the Dream of Venus project, Eric Schaal, 1939

  • Gala and Salvador Dalí, c 1933

  • Salvador Dalí in his flat in Paris, c 1932

The photographic collection of the Centre for Dalinian Studies has more than 15,000 pictures,  from every  period of Salvador Dalí's life.

Here are some of the famous photographers with whom he collaborated and who form part of his collection: Man Ray, Brassaï, Cecil Beaton, Eric Schaal, George Platt Lynes, Horst P. Horst and Philippe Halsman,.

Important among the Foundation's acquisitions are two collections of great graphic and documentary wealth, complementing the photographic archive: the Meli collection and the Eric Schaal collection.

The Meli collection,(by Melitó Casals, a  local photographer and collaborator of  Dalí from the 1950s), consists  of an extensive collection of epoch pictures and a large number of negatives and contact prints (about 8,000). The Eric Schaal collection, acquired by the Foundation in 2005, contains 218 negatives, 68 epoch copies and 43 slides that document the fruitful professional relationship between the two artists from 1937 to 1942.

The Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation manages the rights of these collections, as well as the rights of   Dalí photographs  taken by the photographers Maspons, Català-Roca and Xavier Miserachs.