Man Ray

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Man Ray (born Emmanuel Radnitzky, August 27, 1890 – November 18, 1976) was an American modernist artist who spent most of his career in Paris, France. He was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements, although his ties to each were informal. He produced major works in a variety of media but considered himself a painter above all. He was best known in the art world for his ... more »

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  • I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams, or from an unconscious drive. I photograph the things that I do not wish to paint, the things which already h...
    Man Ray (1890-1976), U.S. photographer. repr. In Man Ray: Photographer, ed. Philippe Sers (1981). Interview in Caméra (Paris).
  • ''One of the satisfactions of a genius is his will-power and obstinacy.''
    Man Ray (1890-1976), U.S. photographer. Letter, May 18, 1941, to his sister. Quoted in Neil Baldwin, Man Ray (1988).
  • ''It has never been my object to record my dreams, just the determination to realize them.''
    Man Ray (1890-1976), U.S. photographer. Quoted in Neil Baldwin, Man Ray, introduction, Julien Levy exhibition catalog, April 1945 (1988). Real nam...
  • ''To me, a painter, if not the most useful, is the least harmful member of our society.''
    Man Ray (1890-1976), U.S. photographer. Self Portrait, ch. 6 (1963).
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