Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask 'how', while others of a more curious nature will ask 'why'. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.

Man Ray was an avant-garde artist and a leading figure of Dadaism and Surrealism. Man Ray remains well known for his experiments with camera-less photography commonly called rayograph (photogram) and solarization. Through his innovative photographic techniques and his unique sculptures made of assemblages of found objects, developing Duchamp’s philosophy of the Readymade sculpture, Man Ray is the expression of an entire artistic era.


 "It was his achievement to treat the camera as he treated the paint brush, as a mere instrument at the service of the mind." - Marcel Duchamp

The prolific American photographer and painter Emmanuel Radnitzky adopted the pseudonym Man Ray around 1909. He was a prominent force of Dada and Surrealism, and the only American to play a significant role in the development of those movements. His visits to Alfred Stieglitz's gallery, 291 introduced him to a wide variety of European contemporary artists, such as Picasso, Rodin, and Braque. Like many other artists of his time, he was also greatly influenced by the avant-garde Armory show in New York City in 1913. His paintings from this period show his fascination with the flatness of Modernism and his...
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