“The publication of this volume coincides with the 25th anniversary of the death of Man Ray (Philadelphia 1890 – Paris 1976), one of the most interesting and eclectic avant-garde artists who made a name for himself as one of the leading figures of American dadaism. He chose photography as his principal means of expression, utilizing it as an instrument capable of disconcerting the gaze in simple ways. The portraits and fashion photographs collected in this book demonstrate Man Ray’s originality in revealing images of the body, and his constant search for beautiful forms that were also the intelligent expression of art’s capacity to stimulate thought. Never frivolous or banal, Man Ray’s photographs, like his objects, provoke delight, disturbance, disorientation, and most of all, reflection. As André Breton, Man Ray’s companion in the surrealist adventure, declared, “The portrait of a beloved should not only be an image to smile at, but an oracle to interrogate.””
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- Man Ray - Photographs 1925-1955
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