Man Ray Portraits by Terence Pepper

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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.

 

About Terence Pepper

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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.
 
Published January 2, 2013 by National Portrait Gallery Publications. 224 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography.

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In this exquisite volume, published in association with London’s National Portrait Gallery and featuring an introduction by Marina Warner, the 200-plus portraits by Man Ray (1890–1976) share a virtuos

Mar 04 2013 | Read Full Review of Man Ray Portraits

This title accompanies the first major museum retrospective of the legendary surrealist Man Ray's innovative portrait photography. The exhibition catalog concentrates on the artist's career in the United States and Paris between 1916 and 1968 and features his friendships and collaborations with k...

Jun 14 2013 | Read Full Review of Man Ray Portraits

This title accompanies the first major museum retrospective of the legendary surrealist Man Ray's innovative portrait photography. The exhibition catalog concentrates on the artist's career in the United States and Paris between 1916 and 1968 and features his friendships and collaborations with k...

Jun 14 2013 | Read Full Review of Man Ray Portraits

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