Quotations From MAN RAY

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  • 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 name: Emanuel Rabinovitch.
  • 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).
  • 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 have an existence.
    Man Ray (1890-1976), U.S. photographer. repr. In Man Ray: Photographer, ed. Philippe Sers (1981). Interview in Caméra (Paris).

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  • 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).

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