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Les larmes by Man Ray, close up of female eye with long spidery eyelashes, on pink cover, woman ray in pink and white font below.

WoMan Ray

Seductive Photography

By (author) Walter Guadagnini
By (author) Giangavino Pazzola


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  • An anthology of 200 images of the female form by Surrealist photographer Man Ray
  • Accompanies an exhibition at CAMERA, Turin from 17th October 2019 to 19th January 2020
Full Description

Man Ray, surrealist master and exponent of the Dada movement, managed to reinvent not only the photographic language, but also the representation of the body and face, as well as the genres of the nude and the portrait themselves.

This book brings together around 200 photographs produced from the 1920s right up to his death in 1976, all featuring female subjects.Through rayographs, solarisations and double exposures, the female body undergoes a continual metamorphosis of forms and meanings, becoming an abstract form, an object of seduction, classical memory or realistic portrait, in endless playful and refined variations. Among the protagonists of his shots are Lee Miller, Berenice Abbott, Dora Maar and Juliet, a lifelong companion, to whom is dedicated the amazing The Fifty Faces of Juliet
portfolio (1943-1944). But these women were, in turn, great artists: as evidence is presented here a corpus of works dating back to the time – between the 1930s and ’40s – of their most direct association with Man Ray and with the environment of the Dada avant-garde and Parisian surrealism.

This volume offers a wide survey of one of the most exuberant periods of the 20th century, with authentic masterpieces of photographic art such as the Electricité portfolios (1931) and the very rare Les mannequins. Résurrection des mannequins (1938).

Text in English and Italian.

17th Dec 2019
Paperback / softback
UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, Iceland, Germany, Eastern Europe, & Austria. Arab States non-exclusive
240 mm x 170 mm
256 Pages
200 color
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