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Man Ray

Modernist Artist
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Net worth 2018: $7 Million
Industry: Photographers
Residence: Philadelphia
Country: United States
BirthDay: 27 August 1890
Sigh: Virgo
Died On: November 18, 1976
Education: Brooklyn's Boys' High School

Man Ray was bornon 27 August 1890 in Philadelphia, American, is Modernist Artist. Man Ray, born as Emmanuel Radnitzy, once said, ‘I paint what cannot be photographed. I photograph what I do not wish to paint’. He was primarily known for his photography, which bridged both the Dada and Surrealist movements. He spent a great part of his life living as an immigrant in Paris and during this time, worked with several mass media. This in turn, induced his love for creative, artistic expression and he set foot into the world of modernist art. From painting to photography and sculpting to collages, Man Ray has done it all. Through his career, he received a number of contracts for pictures and commercial work, which were featured in international household magazines such as ‘Vanity Fair’, ‘Vu’, ‘Vogue’ and ‘Bazaar’. He was the only American personality to be a part of the Paris Surrealist movement and has impacted many in both, America and France, through his large body of works and photographs. As a modernist artist, many of his works exhibit abstract inspirations in both, non-concrete and simplified forms. He also constantly experimented with different methods of creating art, which made him one of the forerunners in the modernist segment. Scroll further for more information.


Although many 19th century photographers stumbled upon this technique, none went ahead with further developing the technique, which Ray is largely credited for


He passed away on November 18, 1976 due to a lung infection and was buried at the Cimetiere du Montparnasse


Once in Los Angeles, he married Juliet Browner, a trained dancer, in 1946, who stayed with him till his death


During World War II, he returned to the United States and lived in California from 1940 to 1951


However, the couple officially divorced only in 1937


In 1934, Meret Oppenheim posed nude standing next to a printing press for a series of photographs shot by Man Ray


In 1929, he had an affair with photographer, Lee Miller but broke it off after a couple of years


His works were showcased in the first Surrealist exhibition with Jean Arp, Andre Masson and Pablo Picasso, in 1925


In 1921, he moved to Paris where he fell in love with Kiki de Montparnasse


Through the 1920s, he directed a number of unconventional short films including ‘Emak-Bakia’, ‘Le Retour a la Raison’, ‘Les Mysteres du Chateau de De’ and ‘L’Etoile de Mer’


He developed a passion for photography and soon enough, displayed his first photographs, in 1918


He showcased his first gallery of paintings and drawings in 1915 and the following year, a collection titled, ‘Self-Portrait’ was exhibited


He married poet Adon Lacroix in 1914 and separated from her five years later


When he joined the Ferrer School in 1912, his artistic imagination began to develop at a phenomenal rate


He studied at Brooklyn’s Boys’ High School from 1904 to 1909 and he would often visit museums to study the works of Old Masters

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