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).