Man Ray

1890 – 1976
Genius of light

  • Edited by Robert Rocca, Pierre-Yves Butzbach
  • Binding Paperback with flaps
  • Size 24.5 x 30 cm
  • Pages 232
  • Illustrations 220
  • Language English
  • Year 2023
  • ISBN 9788836655656
  • Price € 34,00  € 32,30
Add to cart Add to cart Add to cart
Book Preview Book Preview Book Preview


Man Ray occupies a prominent place in the history of 20th-century art. A versatile artist, who lived mainly in Paris, he is best known as a photographer. Indeed, he was one of the first to use photography, not as a simple means of reproduction, but as a genuine creative medium, turning the technique into an art form. Some of his photographs, such as Le Violon d’Ingres (1924) and Noire et blanche (1926), have achieved iconic status.
Born in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) on 27 August 1890, Emmanuel Radnitsky, known as Man Ray (as in a ray of light), actively participated in the intellectual and artistic circles of New York. He discovered the European avant-gardes and befriended Marcel Duchamp who opened the doors of Dadaism to him and welcomed him to Paris in July 1921.
At the heart of Parisian artistic life, he participated in the innovative experiments of the Dadaists and Surrealists, met with painters, poets and intellectuals, and became famous for his portraits. He developed a career as a fashion photographer, notably for designers Paul Poiret and Elsa Schiaparelli. A tireless experimenter, he rediscovered the technique of “photograms” (abstract silhouettes of objects) that Tristan Tzara named “rayographs” and in 1929, with his new partner Lee Miller, developed the “solarization” technique. In 1940, after the fall of France, Man Ray left for the United States and met Juliet Browner, who became his wife and muse. He returned to Paris in 1951 and lived there until his death in 1976.
Man Ray is renowned for having revolutionized the art of photography, but he was also a painter, draughtsman, assembler of objects, sculptor, writer and filmmaker. It is this protean artist that we seek to discover or re-discover, through a true panorama of his works, which will enable us to comprehend Man Ray’s creative process and the importance of his art.


Josiane Lei, Maire d’Évian

Man Ray: the Palais Lumière exhibits a master
Robert Rocca, Pierre-Yves Butzbach

Man Ray before Man Ray
Serge Sanchez

Robert Rocca

Dadaism to Surrealism
Pierre-Yves Butzbach

Man Ray

Pierre-Yves Butzbach

Électricité, 1931
Pierre-Yves Butzbach

International Surrealist Exhibition of 1938
Pierre-Yves Butzbach

Six Muses and a Photographer
Sylvie Gonzalez


The Faces of Man Ray

The Marquis de Sade
Pierre-Yves Butzbach

Man Ray, the Couturier of the Nude
Laurence Benaïm

Man Ray’s Paris
Serge Sanchez

The Art of Fashion
Marie-Pierre Ribère

The Cinepoems of Man Ray
Jean-Michel Bouhours

The Many Paths of Man Ray
Pierre-Yves Butzbach

Biographical highlights

List of exhibited works reproduced in the catalog

List of exhibited works not reproduced in the catalog

Essential Bibliography