The Rayograph

Ray Art

From Erin C. Garcia comes “Man Ray in Paris,” a new publication showcasing many of the artist’s photographic works.

From the Getty Museum:
Paris after World War I was teeming with Americans. Bon vivants seeking escape from prohibition mingled with artists and intellectuals, all pursuing their dreams in the City of Light. The American Modernist Man Ray (1890–1976) spent the 1920s and 1930s in Paris, where experimental expression was flourishing. While he considered himself to be primarily a painter and also worked in film, sculpture, and collage, his best-known and most innovative medium was photography.

He eventually became an influential figure in the city’s avant-garde circles and began to make striking portraits of many of its luminaries, including Pablo Picasso, James Joyce, Jean Cocteau, Joan Miró, and Gertrude Stein. His work inspired other photographers and encouraged painters, including the Surrealists René Magritte and Salvador Dali, to experiment with the medium.

Also of note: Man Ray was the first to experiment with a type of cameraless photography known as the rayograph, an example of which can be seen below, as well as above on this humble blog’s header.

Via Flavorwire.

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2 thoughts on “Ray Art

  1. Steve Ramirez on said:

    How did he do that? I love it when someone sees something with a fresh point of view.

    • Agreed!

      The top image is actually of a bracelet (the zigzag piece) and an earring (the bejeweled bit). Man Ray photographed them together, and I think the end result is marvelous!

      The other image is an example of a rayograph, as is the image used in the header of The Rayograph and my gravitar to the side here. Here is a good description: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photogram

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