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Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:43 am
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Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:48 am
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Someone's got to carry the mantle of that fallen warrior.

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Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:11 pm
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Man Ray. Observatory Time. The Lovers. 1936.

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A final image with Lee Miller. The painting at the top of the frame, 'The Lovers', depicts Miller's lips. Man Ray used the image repeatedly in his photographs.

The New Yorker on Lee Miller

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Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:27 pm
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Man Ray. 1929.

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Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:02 am
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I've seen a few Man Ray short films and they are all great. I think you can watch some of them on youtube.


Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:04 am
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Whoa, cool...

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Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:25 pm
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Man Ray. Boulevard de Raspail. Paris. 1930.

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Surrealism and Photography

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Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:31 am
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I love the angle that photo was shot at. It really highlights the precarious position of that wall.

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Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:43 am
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The thing that immediately stood out to me about that photo is the shapes. Although the structure is dilapidated, it still has that human precision intact in the vertical, horizontal, and circular patterns. This preciseness is contrasted by the clouds that have no particular pattern whatsoever, although we're always quick to find pattern in what's perhaps unpatternable.

Whoever designed those railings, however, was very clever. :)


Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:33 am
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Man Ray. La Trattoria de la moda.

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In addition to his work as a painter, illustrator, sculptor, and photographer, Man Ray also worked as an avant-garde filmmaker, part of the Cinéma Pur movement.

He first film, Le Retour à la Raison



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Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:27 am
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Man Ray. Details unknown.

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Another Man Ray film, Emak-Bakia:



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Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:14 am
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Man Ray. Solarization (Calla Lilies). 1931.

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Man Ray frequently used solarization, a technique he and Lee Miller accidentally discovered that involves exposing the negative to additional light to create an unusual sheen. He used the technique to help his photographs "escape from banality".

On solarization and rayographs, another technique Man Ray employed (which we'll see more of soon)

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Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:44 am
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Man Ray. Untitled Rayograph (Metal coil). 1922.

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Photograms (called rayographs by Man Ray) are made using a cameraless technique where light is exposed to chemically sensitized surface.

Rayographs vs Photograms

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Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:48 am
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Wonderful


Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:05 am
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Man Ray. Untitled Rayograph. 1922.

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Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:31 am
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Man Ray. Untitled Rayograph. 1923.

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Film burned directly onto film.

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Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:04 pm
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Man Ray. Photomontage with Nude and Studio Light.

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Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:04 am
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Man Ray is well known for his nudes. William Wegman is well-known for his portraits of his dog, that he named Man Ray. :)

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Man Ray. Prayer. 1930.

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"This piece, with its awkward juxtaposition of hands, feet, and buttocks, shocks the viewer in a more conventional sense as well. Man Ray admired the writings of the Marquis de Sade, and this image evokes that author's sexual predilections and strong opposition to clerical influence in secular matters."

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Eugène Atget. Paris. During the Eclipse. 1882.

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The prolific photographer of a Paris lost to time. His work was admired by many painters of the time, perhaps most of all by the Surrealists; Man Ray, who knew Atget personally, used During the Eclipse for the cover of his magazine La Révolution surréaliste. I suspect they were drawn to the unwitting, unpretentious quality of his work, and how that belied its finer qualities: the beauty of his light, his fascination with the antiquated, and the uncanny emptiness of his streets, which suggests a world of memory no longer populated with people.

His work also brings to mind the films of Louis Feuillade, a director of pulpy film serials (also championed by the Surrealists), who shot his films on the same streets around the same time. When he photographed people, they were workers and people of the street, and he just as frequently photographed mannequins in shop windows, hidden among the reflections of the city he adored.

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Eugène Atget. Escalier. Hotel du Marquis de Lagrange. 6 rue de Braque. 1901.

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Atget developed a passion for photographing the Paris of his time before it succumbed to industrialization and modernization, taking particular interest in the small, quiet, unexplored corners of the city. This tendency, paired with the soft light of his long exposures, imbues his work with a nostalgic quality, one which may have been apparent even at the time he was photographing, as Paris (like most major cities) was undergoing rapid and unprecedented change. His work captures a city that has since faded, much like Karel Plicka captured Prague around the same time.

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Eugène Atget. Paris. Avenue des Gobelins.

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An article about Atget and how he was discovered by Berenice Abbott.

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