Photographs inspired by Man Ray


“A camera alone does not make a picture. To make a picture, you need a camera, a photographer, and above all a subject. It is the subject alone that determines the interest of the photograph.” —Man Ray


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 andSurrealist 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 avant-gardephotography, and he was a renowned fashion and portrait photographer. Ray is also noted for his work with photograms, which he called “rayographs” in reference to himself.



“Le Violon d’Ingres,” 1924


Man Ray’s photography in particular became especially well known due to his innovative methods of manipulating photographs. Whether it was by using photograms which produced dramatic contrasts, or drawing in clever details over photographs such as in “Le Violon d’Ingres,” his images evoked a dream-like feeling that complemented ideas espoused by his contemporaries such as Marcel Duchamp who were also affiliated with Dada and Surrealism.


Below are the photographs inspired by Man Ray in Saatchi’s Collection










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