Man Ray (1890-1976) – Modernist Artist

Man Ray was one of the most famous and original artists of the 20th century; his importance and influence have many aspects. He revolutionised photography through his experiments and then popularised these through his work as a portrait and fashion photographer. Born Emmanuel Rudnitsky in Philadelphia, Man Ray studied painting in New York at the Ferrer Center and early developed an interest in European avant garde art. In 1915 he collaborated with Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia in founding the New York Dada movement. His interest in photography was stimulated through friendship with Alfred Stieglitz. Moving to Paris in 1921 he became one of the leading figures in the European Dadaist and Surrealist movements as a painter, sculptor, maker of objects, photographer, film-maker and writer. Man Ray is associated particularly with experiments in solarization and with the invention of ‘rayographs’, a form of camera-less photography. Iconic images such as Noire et Blanche, Le Violon d’Ingres and haunting portraits of his many friends and colleagues are now embedded within popular consciousness.,%201934_jpg.jpg

Man Ray Prou del Pilar dansant, 1934

Woman with long hair by Man Ray, 1929

Man Ray Portraits: Barbette, 1926 by Man Ray

Barbette, 1926 by Man Ray

Noir et blanche 1926 by Man Ray

Dora Maar by Man Ray 1936

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Man Ray

Rayograph by Man Ray, c. 1922

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