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Man Ray: Photographs [Paperback]

Man Ray , Jean-Hubert Martin
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10 Aug 1987
This text explores the photographic career of Man Ray whose fertile artistic impulse has made him equally celebrated as a painter, sculptor, writer and film-maker. Taking up photography in 1915 for the purpose of reproducing his paintings, he earned money doing the same for others when he went to live and work in Paris in 1921. This led to a career in photography ranging from portraits of celebrated artists, musicians and writers such as Andre breton, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie, Arnold Schoenberg, T.S. Elliot and Gertrude Stein, to the pictures using light effects outside the camera for which he is famous: cliche-verres, rayographs and solarizations. Alongside many of Man-Ray's classic images, this collection presents a huge number of less familiar photographs, including portraits of Virginia Woolf and of Antonin Artaud and a large selection of erotic pictures. Most of these are from the collection of Lucien Treillard, a personal friend who worked with the artist over many years cataloguing and archiving his photographs.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; New edition edition (10 Aug 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500274738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500274736
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 21 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 408,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Photography is not art/Photography can be art 30 April 2007
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I believe this is the most comprehensive Man Ray book of its kind, with 347 black and white reproductions, a couple of articles by Man Ray and additional extracts at the beginning of each section, and a couple of biographical/arty essays by the kind of people who write essays on photography. The captions for each image are placed unintrusively at the beginning of each themed section (surrealism/eroticism/fashion/famous sitters, etc.), leaving the images for the most part unadulterated.

The book is more about images than words, and the words more about art than technique. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous 29 July 2013
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Beautiful collection of images, havent read the text yet but it looks promising. Of all the MR collections I have seen to date this is my favourite. nice cross section of work and nice quality too
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 28 Dec 2009
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If you are after classic images this is a book to look at, but if you are after glamour look at Guido Argentini books.

I give it 4* only because does not have the WOW factor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Description 13 Aug 2009
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"I paint what cannot be photographed, I photograph the things I don't want to paint....I would photograph an idea rather than an object, and a dream rather than an idea." Man Ray's own words suggest the essence of his brilliant, original, and deeply influential photographic oeuvre. Taking up photography in 1915 for the purpose of reproducing his paintings, he earned money doing the same thing for others when he went to live and work in Paris in 1921. This led to one of the most versatile careers in the history of photography, ranging from portraits of celebrated artists, musicians, and writers such as André Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie, Arnold Schönberg, T. S. Eliot, and Gertrude Stein, to the pictures using light effects outside the camera for which he is famous (cliché-verres, rayographs, and solarizations). These photographs are among the most exciting and revealing manifestations of the profusely fertile artistic impulse that made Man Ray equally celebrated as a painter, sculptor, writer, and filmmaker. Besides many classic images, the book includes a number of photographs that had never been seen before, including portraits of Virginia Woolf and of Antonin Artaud and a large selection of erotic pictures. They add up to a truly revealing look at Man Ray, Jean Cocteau's "great poet of the darkroom." 347 duotone photographs.
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