August 27, 1890 – November 18, 1976, born Emmanuel Radnitzky
Man Ray was a tireless experimenter with photographic
techniques who participated in the Cubist, Dadaist, and
Surrealist art movements, Man Ray created a new photographic
art which emphasized chance effects and surprising juxtapositions.
Unconcerned with "Craft," he employed solarization,
grain enlargement, and cameraless prints (photograms)
which he called "Rayographs" - made by placing
objects directly on photographic paper and exposing them
to the light. A painter as well as a photographer, he
resided in Paris for the greater part of his career working
as a fashion and advertising photographer. Man Ray was,
with Moholy-Nagy, the most significant maker of cameraless
and surrealist photographs in the 1920s and 1930s.
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