Photographs by Man Ray. Edited by Valerio Deho.
152 pp., 130 b&w illustrations, 8½x11".
Man Ray found the surreal in the commonplace, particularly in the female
form, and this has made his photography some of the world’s most accessible
and recognizable: his ubiquitous La Violin d’Ingres creates a cello from a
woman’s torso with the addition of curliqued vents inked on her sides; his
classic image of shining cinematic tears glistening on a powdered cheek has
been tucked into mirror frames all over the world.
This collection of more than 130 pictures dated between 1920 and 1950 covers
not only Ray’s work as one of the world’s leading avant-garde artists—he was a
tireless experimenter who participated in the Cubist, Dadaist and Surrealist art
movements—but also his commercial work. It includes fashion photography and
advertising images; portraits of many artists, including Marcel Proust, Marcel
Duchamp and André Breton; and a portfolio of 26 Femmes. Art dealer Giorgio
Marconi, who met May Ray in 1966 in Milan, contributes an insightful interview.
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