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Rayograph

Artist:
Man Ray (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1890–1976 Paris)
Date:
1922
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
23.9 x 17.8 cm (9 7/16 x 7 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.42
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
Man Ray made his "rayographs" without a camera by placing objects-such as the thumbtacks, coil of wire, and other circular forms used here-directly on a sheet of photosensitized paper and exposing it to light. Man Ray had photographed everyday objects before, but these unique, visionary images immediately put the photographer on par with the avant-garde painters of the day. Hovering between the abstract and the representational, the rayographs revealed a new way of seeing that delighted the Dadaist poets who championed his work, and that pointed the way to the dreamlike visions of the Surrealist writers and painters who followed.
Inscription: Signed in pencil on print, recto LR: "Man Ray 1922";
[Timothy Baum to Waddell, May 3, 1983]; John C. Waddell

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