Saturday, August 27, 2011

Man Ray (August 27, 1890)

Man Ray, the fascinating surrealist photographer and artist, was born Emmanuel Radnitzky, and raised in a Jewish home in New York. In keeping with his modernist-Dada-surrealist identity, he shortened the name to Man Ray.

“A conflicted identity … was central to an artist who yearned to escape the limitations of his Russian Jewish immigrant past.”*

Man Ray was close buddies with Marcel Duchamp. Both developed new ways to see the world that still open my eyes when I look at them!

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