Remembering Man Ray
"To create is divine, to reproduce is human." — Man Ray
Celebrated for pioneering Modernist painting, film, and photography, Man Ray was born on this day in 1890 in Philadelphia.
A painter as well as a photographer, Man Ray manipulated light and the camera’s mechanical processes, pushing the boundaries of avant-garde photography; his subjects included Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and many other leading figures of the early 20th century.
Always uncomfortable with his American identity, he spent decades in France creating works ranging from painting and drawing to assemblage and photography, exhibiting around the world before his death in Paris, in 1976. Today, he is revered as one of the most important American Modernist artists, and as a groundbreaking practitioner of photography.
Pictured are Salvador Dalí and Man Ray in Paris, on June 16, 1934 making "wild eyes" for photographer Carl Van Vechten
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