Man Ray


Artist Biography:

Man Ray, born in 1890 as Emmanuel Radnitzky, was an American visual artist who spent most of his career in Paris. During his early years Man Ray earned money as a commercial artist and was a technical illustrator at several Manhattan companies. His first solo show of paintings was in 1915, and by 1918 he had produced his first significant photographs. In 1921, Man Ray went to live and work in Paris and became a distinguished photographer, and significant member of the art world. He was represented in the first Surrealist exhibition with Jean Arp, Max Ernst, André Masson, Joan Miró, and Pablo Picasso at the Galerie Pierre in Paris in 1925. Man Ray was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements. He produced major works in a variety of media but considered himself a painter above all. He was best known for his photography, and he was a renowned fashion and portrait photographer. Man Ray is also noted for his work with photograms, which he called “rayographs” in reference to himself.

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