Saturday, 9 March 2013

Man Ray...

...Portraits is the current ticketed exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery that takes a chronological look at the innovative American artists portrait photography. Each room focuses on work he did in each city at a certain time: starting in New York from 1916 to 1920, then moving through Paris and Hollywood and back to Paris from 1951 to 1976 when he died.

Although some of Man Ray's most pioneering work (such as rayograms) cannot be shown, there are examples of experimental techniques he used on display. These are a selection of my favourite photographs from the show:

A very interesting and alternative self-portrait from 1916...

Self-portrait (1916)
The very famous... 

Le Violon d'ingres (1924)
The combination of two negatives exposed together on the enlarger?

Barbette (1926)

Solarised Portrait of Lee Miller (1929)
Both of these two artworks above and below are good examples of the solarisation technique.

Self-portrait with camera (1930)

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