Man Ray (August 27, 1890 – November 18, 1976) was an American artist who spent most of his career in Paris, France. Perhaps best described simply as a modernist, he was a significant contributor to both the Dada and Surrealist movements, although his ties to each were informal. Best known in the art world for his avant-garde photography, Man Ray produced major works in a variety of media and considered himself a painter above all. He was also a renowned fashion and portrait photographer. He is noted for his Photograms, which he renamed “rayographs” after himself.
Man Ray has influenced my work, in two ways experiments and darkroom techniques. I have tried solarisation and photo-grams. I really like Man Ray’s images, he inspires me to learn more in the darkroom and the further my techniques. Like Ansel Adams, he make me want to be a better darkroom photographer.