Man Ray (born the 27th of August in Philadelphia, United States and died the 18th of November in Paris, France) was a painter, photographer, filmmaker and a key player in the Dada movement in New York and Surrealism in Paris.
Ray’s career was distinctive from his peers because he gained notoriety both in the United States and Europe. He started in the center of American modernism in the 1910s and then made his way to Paris in the 1920s and 1930s, he then went back to the United States.
Ray’s art ranged from painting, sculpture, film, prints and poetry and was influential in a variety of different movements, such as: Cubism, Futurism, Dada and Surrealism.
Furthermore, Ray successfully navigated the world of commercial and fine art, and then became a popular fashion photographer. Despite seeing himself first and foremost as a painter, he is most remembered for his photographs of the inter-war years, especially his camera-less pictures he called ‘Rayographs’.
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