Halsman set up his own portrait studio in Paris in 1934, soon establishing his reputation among the artistic community. In 1940 he escaped Nazism with an emergency visa to US, where he worked as reportage photographer. His work appeared on more than hundred covers for LIFE magazine. In 1941 he collaborated with Dalí on Photographs of ideas and Dalí Moustache series. In 1945 he became President of the American Society of Magazine Photographers.