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Man Ray (American, 1890-1976)

Born Emmanuel Radnitzky, in Philadelphia, Man Ray was a painter by training and learned to use a camera to photograph his own art works. In 1921, a patron enabled him to go to Paris, where he turned to fashion photography and portraiture to earn a living. His photographic manipulations and experiments with light led to rediscoveries such as "rayographs" (photograms), 1921-1922, and solarization, in 1929. He was one of the leading spirits of Dadaism and Surrealism and the only American artist to play a prominent role in those two influential movements.
- Virginia Lee Lierz

Selected Bibliography
De l'Ecotais, Emmanuelle, and Saoyag, Alain, eds. Photography and Its Double. With essays by: Jean-Jacques Aillagn, Serge Bromly, Michel Frizot, Floris M. Neususs and Renate Heyre, Michel Sonouillet, Werner Spies, Lucien Treillard (Interview). Translated from French by Deke Dusinberre. Translated from German by Donna Wiemann. Lottman, Herbert R. Editor, English Language Tradition. Corte Madera, Calif.: Gingko Press Inc., 1998.

Ray, Man. Photographs by Man Ray, 105 Works, 1920-1934. Texts by: Ray, Eluard, Breton, Tzara. Portrait of Ray by Picasso. Hartford, Conn.: James Thrall Soby, 1934. New York: Republication by Dover Publications, 1979.

Ray, Man. Self-Portrait. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1963.


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