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La Victoire de Samothrace, Unknown, 190 BC

Man Ray

1924

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

By the time Man Ray composed the Violon d'Ingres (1924), photography had not been around for that long.

Indeed, 100 years prior, chemical substances had been discovered that could react with light and be used to copy images.

The first blurry photographies were then developed and the world went mad for photography.

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

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

Man Ray was initially called Emmanuel Radnitsky.

He became fascinated with European avant guard artists after attending the Armory Show in New York and being introduced to artists like Manet, Degas, Van Gogh and Marcel Duchamp.