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.