Visione artistica- The avant-garde photographs of Man Ray



Man Ray (1890-1976) was an artist with multiple talents: he was a  Surrealist   photographer, sculptor and painter who has scored his time producing incredible works. He was born as EmmanuelRudnitsky, but changed his name to Man Ray in an attempt to erase his past and Jewish family.



He spent his early career in New York where he has studied painting.His first works were cubist paintings with the theme of three-dimensional objects as it was popular at the time because of the success of Picasso and Braque. But it was taking pictures of his paintings that Man Ray began to explore his creative potential that the camera offered him.


He moved to Paris in 1921 where he became one of the most inventive photographers of his time. There he has become involved with surrealism and has created works mixing techniques in a very unique way. But the advertising pictures and fashion photography that gave Man Ray his reputation of a great artist. Angles less explored, unusual models and controversial situations in his photos for Vanity Fair and Vogue put his photographs on the status of icons.




He photographed many personalities of the Parisian scene of the time as Geoges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Gertrude Stein, Marcel Duchamp and Ernest Heningway. During World War II, he returned to the United States where he continued working as a fashion photographer. He returned to Paris in 1951 and continued shooting until his death at age 86.

His works are widely used as inspiration for contemporary artists from amateur photographers like me to the most prominent photographers today, is hard not to see a picture with reference to his work in fashion and photography magazines.





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