During his trip to Paris in 1921, Man Ray began to experiment with photography, and may have been introduced to the photogram by Tristan Tzara. He adopted the method and called his works "rayographs," photographic images composed of ordinary objects placed on photo sensitive paper exposed to light. Together with his muse Lee Miller, he developed the solarization process which he used in his fashion and nude photography. - The Museum of Modern Art
For Man Ray, photography often operated in the gap between art and life. It was a means of documenting sculptures that never had an independent life outside the photograph, and it was a means of capturing the activities of his avant-garde friends. His work as a commercial photographer encouraged him to create fine, carefully composed prints, but he would never aspire to be a fine art photographer in the manner of his early inspiration, Alfred Stieglitz. - wikiart.org
Man Ray (born Emmanuel Radnitzky; August 27, 1890 – November 18, 1976) was an American visual artist who spent most of his career in France. He was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements, although his ties to each were informal. He produced major works in a variety of media but considered himself a painter above all. He was best known for his photography, and he was a renowned fashion and portrait photographer. Man Ray is also noted for his work with photograms, which he called "rayographs" in reference to himself.
Just as I work with paints, brushes, and canvas, I work with the light, pieces of glass and chemistry.
I do not photograph nature. I photograph my visions.
I believe in the relation between photography and music; And thats my inspiration.
My works were designed to amuse, annoy, bewilder, mystify and inspire reflection.
A camera alone does not make a picture. To make a picture you need a camera, a photographer and above all a subject. It is the subject that determines the interest of the photograph.
I would photograph an idea rather than an object, a dream rather than an idea.
I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams, or from an unconscious drive.
I photograph the things that I do not wish to paint, the things which already have an existence.