Marc Lacroix

Marc Lacroix (1927-2007) was a photographer with the incredible ability to create a story out of a portrait photograph. His friendship with Salvador Dali allowed him a glimpse into the Surrealist master's everyday life with his wife, and muse, Gala.

He began his photographic career while serving with the French army. When he returned to France in 1965, he worked with the premier artists and musicians of the time, such as Claude Luter, Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington. As his reputation grew, he was asked to act as a photographer for major European museums. In this position, he became interested in precise lighting.

Because of their mutual interests in special photographic effects, he and Salvador Dali met and began working together. In 1971 they collaborated on a special Christmas edition of Vogue Magazine with Dali's paintings and Lacroix's photographs side by side. In 1972 they worked together to create a new technique - stereoscopic painting, or three-dimensional painting.

When the Dali museum was opened in Spain in 1974, Dali reserved a large room for all of Lacroix's photographs to be displayed, where they still live today.