Untitled

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.

Date:

1923

Artist:

Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky)
American, 1890–1976

About this artwork

In late 1921 the American Dada painter and photographer Man Ray produced his first photograms—photographs made without a camera by placing objects on a sheet of light-sensitive paper, then exposing the arrangement to light. He claimed to have stumbled upon the process, which he dubbed “Rayographs,” by chance; it turned out to be an appropriate method for an artist who looked to accidental and automatic occurrences for inspiration. With unexpected combinations of everyday objects, Rayographs articulated a key Dada interest in homemade, “anti-art” reworkings of industrial and consumer society. Man Ray frequently used translucent items like glass bottles, filmstrips, and feathers, valuing their gradation of tones and illusion of three-dimensionality. “They looked startlingly new and mysterious,” he later wrote. With these cameraless images, photography straddled the line between abstraction and representation. Dada leader Tristan Tzara called them “pure Dada creations.”

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Photography

Artist

Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky)

Title

Untitled

Origin

United States

Date

1923

Medium

Gelatin silver photogram

Inscriptions

Signed and dated in pencil, lower right

Dimensions

29.6 × 21.8 cm (image/paper); 53 × 44 cm (mount)

Credit Line

Julien Levy Collection, Special Photography Acquisition Fund

Reference Number

1979.99

Copyright

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

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