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Emanuel Rabinovitch (Ray, Man)

Born: 1890 AD
Died: 1976 AD, at 86 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Photographers


1890 - Born on the 27th of August in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1911 - He took up the pseudonym of Man Ray. As a young man, he was a regular visitor to Alfred Stieglitz's “291” gallery, where he was exposed to current art trends and earned an early appreciation for photography.

1915 - He met the French artist Marcel Duchamp, and together they collaborated on many inventions and formed the New York group of Dada artists.

1921 - He moved to Paris and became associated with the Parisian Dada and Surrealist circles of artists and writers.

1922 - A book of his collected rayographs, Les Champs délicieux, was published, with an introduction by the influential Dada artist Tristan Tzara, who admired the enigmatic quality of Man Ray's images.

1929 - He also experimented with the technique called solarization, which renders part of a photographic image negative and part positive by exposing a print or negative to a flash of light during development.

1920 - He pursued fashion and portrait photography and made a virtually complete photographic record of the celebrities of Parisian cultural life.

1924 - He gave one sitter three pairs of eyes, and in Violon d'Ingres he photographically superimposed sound holes, or f holes, onto the photograph of the back of a female nude, making the woman's body resemble that of a violin.

1940 - He escaped the German occupation of Paris by moving to Los Angeles.

1946 - He returned to Paris.

1957 - He also continued to produce ready-mades. One, a metronome with a photograph of an eye fixed to the pendulum, was called Object to Be Destroyed which it was by anti Dada rioters.

1963 - His autobiography, Self-Portrait, was published.

1976 - Died on the 18th of November in Paris, France.


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