Rather than shooting an object, it is better to shoot an idea; Instead of shooting an idea, it is better to shoot a dream.

— Man Ray


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Man Ray (born Emmanuel Radnitzky, 1890-1976) is an American modernist artist who spent most of his career in Paris, France. He has been a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements, although his ties to each were informal. He produced major works in a variety of media but considered himself as a painter above all. Man Ray is best known in the art world for his avant-garde photography, and he is a renowned fashion and portrait photographer. Ray is also noted for his work with photograms, which he called “rayographs” in reference to himself.



Man Ray is the first artist in the history whose photography works have attained far more value than other art types that he was capable of. And he is also the world’s first art explorer that extensively used special techniques for photography creation. Many of the photographic techniques still popular and widely applied today are founded by Man Ray. Having greatly expanded the photographic art field and opened up an unprecedented new world, Man Ray is therefore deemed as one of the most significant pioneers in the history of contemporary photography.


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