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Man Ray Portraits [Hardcover]

Terence Pepper , Marina Warner
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2 Jan 2013
The artist May Ray (1890-1976) initially taught himself photography in order to reproduce his own works of art, but it became one of his preferred mediums. As a contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements in Paris during the 1920s, Man Ray was perfectly placed to make defining images of his avant-garde contemporaries, including Jean Cocteau, Peggy Guggenheim, and Gertrude Stein. Man Ray also photographed his friends and lovers, among them Kiki de Montparnasse (Alice Prin), Lee Miller, who helped him discover the solarization printing process, and Ady Fidelin. Man Ray continued to take portrait photographs throughout his career, including little-known images from 1940s Hollywood, and of stars such as Ava Gardner and Catherine Deneuve taken during the 1950s and 1960s.An essential reference on Man Ray's life and work, this book includes an introduction by Terence Pepper and essay by Marina Warner exploring the artist's creativity and appetite for innovation and experimentation. Complete with first-hand testimonies from the artist's sitters and over 200 beautifully reproduced images, this handsome volume provides a survey of the finest portraits from one of the most inventive photographic artists of the 20th century.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: National Portrait Gallery; 1 edition (2 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855144433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855144439
  • Product Dimensions: 30.6 x 24.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rijk geïllustreerd essentieel naslagwerk over het leven en werk van Man Ray

Schilder en fotograaf Man Ray (1890-1976) werd in Philadelphia geboren als Michael (Emmanuel) Radnitzky. Een ontmoeting met de Franse kunstenaar Marcel Duchamp leidde in 1921 tot zijn verhuizing naar Parijs, waar hij onderdeel ging uitmaken van de Dada- en surrealismebeweging. Het bleek de perfecte locatie om foto's te maken van zijn avant-gardistische tijdgenoten.

Dit boek bevat meer dan 200 prachtig gereproduceerde beelden. Voor een deel dateert het werk uit het begin van de jaren twintig, met opmerkelijke studies van Jean Cocteau, Peggy Guggenheim en Gertrude Stein. Daarnaast toont het boek intieme foto's van vrienden en van minder bekende acteurs uit het Hollywood van de jaren veertig. Ook prachtige foto's van Hollywoodsterren als Leslie Caron en Catherine Deneuve (jaren vijftig en zestig) ontbreken niet. Deze publicatie, met een introductie door Marina Warner, is een essentieel naslagwerk over Man Rays leven en werk. Het begeleidt de eerste grote overzichtstentoonstelling van portretten van Man Ray in de National Portrait Gallery te Londen (7 februari-27 mei 2013).

Met portretten van onder anderen: Berenice Abbott, Barbette, Leslie Caron, Coco Chanel, Jean Cocteau, Ithell Colquhoun, Salvador Dalí, Catherine Deneuve, Marcel Duchamp, Sergei Eisenstein, Ady Fidelin, Kazuyuki Fujita, Jacqueline Goddard, Juliette Gréco, Peggy Guggenheim, James Joyce, Tilly Losch, Dora Maar, Lee Miller, Kiki de Montparnasse, Méret Oppenheim, Pablo Picasso, Dolores del Rio, Elsa Schiaparelli, Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, Suzy Solidor, Gertrude Stein, Igor Stravinsky, Yves Tanguy.

- Terence Pepper is sinds 1978 curator fotografie van de National Portrait Gallery in Londen. Hij publiceerde onder andere het bekroonde 'Vanity Fair Portraits' (2008), 'Beatles to Bowie' (2009) en was co-auteur van 'Hoppé Portraits' (2011).

About the Author

Terence Pepper is curator of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Marina Warner is professor in the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent catalogue 27 Dec 2013
Man Ray, (born Michael Emmanuel Radnitzky), 1890-1976, the son of an Ukrainian immigrant to America, pursued a career as a photographer and painter, and spent most of his life in Paris.

Stimulated by the infamous Armory Show in 1913, and in particular by Duchamp and other Modernists, he became a prominent member of Dada and Surrealism, and became one of the century's greatest visual innovators. Whilst some of his paintings and photographs are well known, often being used to illustrate books about Dada and Surrealism. One of the best known is "Le Violon d'Ingres (Ingres' Violin)", 1924, that shows a woman's naked back [that of Kiki de Montparnasse, Alice Prin, his muse and lover in the 1920s] decorated with violin scrolls], but a wider range of his works would be of interest.

`Man Ray: Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery', held in 2013, was the first solo show in a museum in Britain. With over 150 prints taken between 1916 and 1968, it offers a comprehensive overview of the artist's photographic career. It was disappointing that the exhibition could not or would not include examples of his paintings, Surrealist `deliverables' and photographs taken without a camera, the so-called `rayographs', so that the disparate elements of his innovative mind could be integrated. Duchamp commented that, as a photographer, "it was his achievement to treat the camera as he treated the paintbrush, a mere instrument at the service of his mind." The artist described himself as a "photometrographer. My works are purely photometric".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great accompaniment to a great exhibition 2 Sep 2013
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I was fortunate enough to see the Man Ray Portraits show at the National Portrait Gallery but had gazed covetously at this accompanying volume whilst stood skint in the gallery's gift shop; six months later, I am very happy to have finally purchased it. Every page dazzles, whether it's the experiments in technique and composition or simply the novelty of putting faces to the illustrious names of twentieth century art and music (who knew that bold experimentalist Matisse really really looked like Freud??). I hope I don't damn with faint praise by saying that this is the ultimate coffee-table book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Judgment of the book 13 May 2013
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It is a very good and perceptive guide, that gives the reader interesting information on photo techniques as well as many stimulating hinsights of the social realities which were the background of Man Ray's activity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars May Ray Portraits - Yale U Press 12 May 2013
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Printed to correspond to the Man Ray show at the National Portrait Gallery, London - the book is an excellent collection of a photographic technique and time long past. The Yale U Press has done a fine job in putting the images into a format that can easily be seen for it's accuracy, tones and character.
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful work...for a beautiful mind. 16 Sep 2013
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Beautiful, well thought out display that uncomplicates a very difficult subject and perfectly frames his talent.
An exceptional read, not just a "coffee table book".
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