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A work made of gelatin silver photogram.
© 2018 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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  • A work made of gelatin silver photogram.




Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky)
American, 1890–1976

About this artwork

Man Ray arranged a carpenter’s rule and a glass negative with an image of La Grande Roue (France’s first Ferris wheel) to make this combination of a photogram and contact print. “Rayographs,” as the artist called his photograms, are cameraless images made by light that is blocked by or passed through objects placed on photographic paper. For Man Ray, the surface of the photographic paper became a sketch pad where unrelated objects, drawn by light, merged to create abstract compositions evocative of dreams and imaginary scenes. The artist exhibited his experimental photograms alongside paintings and sculptural objects within months of his move to Paris from New York. Through such exhibitions, he advanced an artistic identity that included photography among a variety of media experiments.


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Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky)




United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1923


Gelatin silver photogram


Signed and inscribed recto, on mount, lower right, in graphite: Man Ray 1923; no markings on verso of tertiary and quaternary supports.


Image/paper: 24 × 17 cm (9 1/2 × 6 3/4 in.); First mount: 25.1 × 18.8 cm (9 15/16 × 7 7/16 in.); Second mount: 25.8 × 19.4 cm (10 3/16 × 7 11/16 in.); Third mount: 27.9 × 27 cm (11 × 10 11/16 in.)

Credit Line

Julien Levy Collection, Special Photography Acquisition Fund

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© 2018 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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