Man Ray Portraits
Author: Terence Pepper
Introduction: Marina Warner
Publisher/Date: Yale University Press (c. 2013) First Edition. Published to accompany the exhibition.
Format/Condition: New hardcover book with dust jacket in Fine condition. 224 pages, chronology, index. Dimensions: 10 x 12 x 1 inches. Profusely illustrated in black-and-white with a few in color.
Description: The artist May Ray (1890–1976) initially taught himself photography in order to reproduce his own works of art, but it became one of his preferred mediums. As a contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements in Paris during the 1920s, Man Ray was perfectly placed to make defining images of his avant-garde contemporaries, including Marcel Duchamp, Jean Cocteau, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Peggy Guggenheim, and Gertrude Stein. Man Ray also photographed his friends and lovers, among them Kiki de Montparnasse (Alice Prin), Lee Miller, who helped him discover the solarization printing process, and Ady Fidelin. Man Ray continued to take portrait photographs throughout his career, including some of his fashion photographs and little-known images from 1940s & 1950s Hollywood of stars such as Ava Gardner, Dolores Del Rio, Paulette Goddard, and Catherine Deneuve.
An essential reference on Man Ray’s life and work, this book includes an introduction by Terence Pepper and essay by Marina Warner exploring the artist’s creativity and appetite for innovation and experimentation. Complete with first-hand testimonies from the artist’s sitters and over 200 beautifully reproduced images, this handsome volume provides a survey of the finest portraits from one of the most inventive photographic artists of the 20th century.