Bernice Abbot was a technical assistant to Man Ray. Perhaps her writings may be illuminating. Books you might get on an inter-library loan are:
Foresta, Merry A., et al. Perpetual Motif: the Art or Man Ray. New York: Abbeville Press, 1988.
Ray, Man. Self-Portrait. Boston: Little, Brown, 1963.
Patrick Bade. Man Ray: Reveries Series. New York; Parkstone Press, 1999.
There is a lot of confusion about Man Ray and the mediums, and the name of the mediums, he used. His work was not made using x-rays. This is a common misconception. Although his prints are visually similar to x-ray images in that they contain translucent forms, they were not created using x-rays, they were created by putting objects into direct contact with film or printing paper and exposing the set up to visible light (this is known as a PHOTOGRAM). Ray did not invent this process! What he did do, though, was raise it from obscurity. In an effort to place his personal stamp on this technique he called his photograms RAYOGRAPHS…(not rayograms…there is really no such thing as a “rayogram”). You should definitely check out the books that Jim has recommended.
i have read 'self portrait' several times.
it is a great book in explaining who he was
and some of the thing he was thinking, and people
he was working with &C
his rayographs, are similar to maholy nagy's work with the same
technique. while man ray used paper cut outs, glass, film and solid objects, maholy nagy used shaped plastics ( as well ) and introduced typography and
montage to some of his photograms ( i think he coined the term photogram ).
you can see both of their works if you just google their names + rayograph /photogram ...
There is a good book about Berenice Abbott that contains both information about her and interviews: Berenice Abbott, American Photographer.
It details some of the tensions between her and him, seen from her persepctive. Great artists don't often have easy temperaments.
Using film since before it was hip.
"One of the most singular characters of the hyposulphites, is the property their solutions possess of dissolving muriate of silver and retaining it in considerable quantity in permanent solution" — Sir John Frederick William Herschel, "On the Hyposulphurous Acid and its Compounds." The Edinburgh Philosophical Journal
, Vol. 1 (8 Jan. 1819): 8-29. p. 11
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I hear he had a hot girlfriend.
This was a while ago, though.
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They sell postcards of him sporting half a mustache at Barnes & Noble bookstores.
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If you're not taking your camera...there's no reason to travel. --APUG member bgilwee
Bill Brandt was also his assistant for a short time.
He was good friends with Marcel Duchamp.
He was in with the Surrealists in Paris & regarded as avant garde, while at the same time earning a lot of money as a fashion & portrait photographer. He ws also a pretty interesting painter.
Books to add to Jim Jones' list:
"Man Ray: Paris Photographs 1920-34", DGE, NY, 2000
"Man Ray" Aperture Masters of Photography series, 1997
"I hear he had a hot girl friend" Bjorke
One after another. My favorite with a reasonable connection here was,
photographer, Vogue fashion model, and live in assistant Lee Miller.
"I was in love with her" said Man Ray. Who wasn't?
Her lips appear in "The Lovers", the cover and page 210 "Self Portrait, Man Ray.
Man Ray also did a lot of work with Solarization (more properly, psuedo-solarization), and a characteristic of that is the "Sabbatier Effect."
Someone once wrote that a conversation was once overheard where Man Ray shouted out, "DAMN IT!!, Sabby! How many times have I told you ... DON'T open the door when the red light is on!!"
Ed Sukach, FFP.