Snapping at eternity and capturing life in small pixels is the fastest most efficient way to lie the truth.

 

You can spot an original from miles away. Even from the distance of time and under a large slab of marble in some Parisian cemetery, the rays of genius still shine and affect every creation we have today.

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

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..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

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Man ray - Rays of genius

I love man ray's head. You can spot an original from miles away. Even from the distance of time and under a large slab of marble in some Parisian cemetery, the rays of genius still shine and affect every creation we have today.

But he was lucky. Man ray was in the right place at the right time .It was a place and time like no other in history, maybe only Firenze in the renaissance era.
 
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, Emmanuel, was always one step too curious for his own good, not even bothering to push envelopes, breaking boundaries and all the stuff other artists have to think about, he just did. Did what he wanted, what he felt was right, what made him smile, and instead of writing his own book of life invented a completely new language.

Man ray was the quintessential Dadaist , born from confusion and a new world of ideas , a new modern world that held unlimited opportunities for those of unconventional minds.
And his was anything but conventional.

The rayographs , his take on the photogram technique gave us images of structural complexities that remind of the composition of the futurists, but with a new modern clean approach. I never liked the term avant-guard as it is too restricting linguistically and chronologically to mean anything, looking forward to what? He was looking at the present, not forward. He was looking at his present and saw it was good.

I photograph the things that I do not wish to paint, the things which already have an existence.”

 

But you can see the progress that was surrounding him, the new way of thinking in all of his work, whether fashion photography , portraiture or his paintings, the part of his career that was obscured by the fame of his photo work, but was always his real profession, at least by man ray's own definition.

There is a famous photo of man ray with Salvador Dali making "crazy eyes" to the photographer. That photo represents for me a very important part of man ray's life and career , that I miss so much in artists these days, the ability to not take yourself too seriously, to wink, to laugh, to enjoy the creation process and the life that surrounds it.

I brought here  three man ray images that are part of my visual and conceptual vocabulary and were major parts in my evolution as an artist
The first is the mask.
I saw that one in Milan, in a retrospective exhibition of his life's work, and although it is a very small print, and wasn’t even in a predominant place in the show, it captured my attention. The simplicity, the naïve symbolism , the composition which reminds me of a lotus flower opening showing a mask inner being, or is it a real head inner being growing out of the mask?

A creator needs only one enthusiast to justify him”

 

The second one is the famous iron with nails. A simple photo of a Dadaist object, an iron with nails on its flat surface, rendering it completely useless as an iron, but extremely useful as a symbol and a new form of logical unlogical creation. The thing I really like about it is that the photo is a completely different entity then the object, the representation is more important than the thing it represents, and that is what makes it such a striking photo.
The third one I chose is the lips in the sky.

why? Because it is lips in the sky. That's all. Today it might seem tame and mundane, but at the time, a picture of lips in the sky is like seeing…well…lips in the sky.

There are so many amazing photos in the man ray collection and I recommend to anyone interested in photography, art or culture to take the time and go on a man-ray trip online.

I photograph the things that I do not wish to paint, the things which already have an existence. "

 

His techniques, his innovation, his vision. Truly admirable .
and all along, with that serious face you know is hiding a internal smile, that nonchalant existence of almost hovering above reality like a surrealist, touching, not touching, the symbol of an American artist reinventing himself in Paris.

The symbol of cool, before cool was cool. or  as his epitaph reads: unconcerned, but not indifferent.
,man ray. Very much a man. Indisputably a ray.

 

All critics should be assassinated. "