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La Victoire de Samothrace, Unknown, 190 BC

Man Ray


At the beginning on the 20th century, boundaries were also being pushed in the realm of photography.

In 1924, photography had not been around for that long.

In the 1830s, chemical substances had been discovered that could react with light and be used to copy images. The first blurry photographies were developed and the world went mad for photography.

By 1900, most people could afford a camera. Most of the photos were portraits and landscapes.

However Man Ray was one of the first to turn the medium into an art.

Initially called Emmanuel Radnitsky, Man Ray became fascinated with European avant guard artists after attending the Armory Show in New York and meeting Marcel Duchamp.

The show introduced artists like Manet, Degas, Van Gogh... to the American public.

Man Ray moved to Paris in the 1920s and settled in the artistic hub of Montparnasse, where he met Picasso, Cocteau, Dali - as well as his lover and muse Kiki de Montparnasse, a model who posed for many artists - and is the woman in the picture.