One of the fathers of surrealist photography Emmanuel Radnitzky, or more famously known as Man Ray, used the camera as a brush than a mere extension of his sight. Finally, photography became art.
The Man Ray we know is the one whom we credit for his "rayographs", his abstract work on photograms that largely influenced both Dadaist and Surrealist movements. But Man Ray was a versatile, multi-faceted shooter who worked in fashion, still life, and portraiture.
From his humble beginnings in New York to his avant-garde role in Paris, the monograph from Taschen explores both of his famous and lesser-known works and highlights of his life. He has shared an exhibition show with Jean Arp, Max Ernst, André Masson, Joan Miró, and Pablo Picasso.
Moreover, Man Ray was a pioneer of innovating photographic processes, pushing out from the documentary approach to poetic photographs through the use of solarization and multiple exposures.