Man Ray Quotes

February 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

Salvador Dalí and Man Ray in Paris, on June 16, 1934 making "wild eyes" for photographer Carl Van Vechten. Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

Salvador Dalí and Man Ray (1890–1976) in Paris, on June 16, 1934 making “wild eyes” for photographer Carl Van Vechten. Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

Man Ray’s career is distinctive above all for the success he achieved in both the United States and Europe. First maturing in the center of American modernism in the 1910s, he made Paris his home in the 1920s and 1930s, and in the 1940s he crossed the Atlantic once again, spending periods in New York and Hollywood. His art spanned painting, sculpture, film, prints and poetry, and in his long career he worked in styles influenced by Cubism, Futurism, Dada and Surrealism. He also successfully navigated the worlds of commercial and fine art, and came to be a sought-after fashion photographer. He is perhaps most remembered for his photographs of the inter-war years, in particular the camera-less pictures he called ‘Rayographs’, but he always regarded himself first and foremost as a painter.
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“I like contradictions. We have never attained the infinite variety and contradictions that exist in nature. Tomorrow I shall contradict myself. That is the one way I have of asserting my liberty, the real liberty one does not find as a member of society.”
Man Ray

“It has never been my object to record my dreams, just the determination to realize them.”
Man Ray

“An original is a creation motivated by desire. Any reproduction of an originals motivated be necessity. It is marvelous that we are the only species that creates gratuitous forms. To create is divine, to reproduce is human.”
Man Ray

“I believe in the relation between photography and music; And thats my inspiration.”
Man Ray

“Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask ‘how’, while others of a more curious nature will ask ‘why’. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.”
Man Ray

“The tricks of today are the truths of tomorrow.”
Man Ray

“Nature does not create works of art. It is we, and the faculty of interpretation peculiar to the human mind, that see art.”
Man Ray

“The streets are full of admirable craftsmen, but so few practical dreamers.”
Man Ray, Man Ray Photographs
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