Photographers Quotes: Man Ray

I haven’t done this in a while and it is actually one of the most read postings series I have.  So back to it. Today, I’m celebrating one of my favorite artist. Man Ray.

My Favorite Quotes by Man Ray:

A creator needs only one enthusiast to justify him. 

All critics should be assassinated.

To create is divine, to reproduce is human. 

His Memorable Self Portrait has all his trademarks, sinister, surreal, and the bare body, with a touch of the absurd:


Description of the Man From Wikipedia: “Ray’s work was not appreciated during his lifetime, with the exception of his fashion and portrait photography”

Man Ray (born Emmanuel Radnitzky, August 27, 1890 – November 18, 1976) was an American modernist artist who spent most of his career in ParisFrance. He was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements, although his ties to each were informal. He produced major works in a variety of media but considered himself a painter above all. He was best known in the art world for hisavant-garde photography, and he was a renowned fashion and portrait photographer. Ray is also noted for his work with photograms, which he called “rayographs” in reference to himself.[1]

Ray’s work was not appreciated during his lifetime, with the exception of his fashion and portrait photography; especially in his nativeUnited States. Nevertheless, his reputation has grown steadily in the decades since.

I love, love, love all his work, but here are my current favorites (yes #2 is a photographic portrait of Dali):

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Last Words:

One of the satisfactions of a genius is his will-power and obstinacy – Man Ray

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