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Man Ray

Data di nascita: 27. Agosto 1890
Data di morte: 18. Novembre 1976

Man Ray, nato Emmanuel Radnitzky , è stato un pittore, fotografo e grafico statunitense esponente del Dadaismo.

Pur essendo un pittore, un fabbricante di oggetti e un autore di film d'avanguardia è conosciuto soprattutto come fotografo surrealista, avendo realizzato le sue prime fotografie importanti nel 1918.



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„In pittura non si usano più i propri occhi perciò voilà, ho soppresso anche l'occhio della mia macchina fotografica, il suo obiettivo.“

—  Man Ray

citato in Claudio Marra, Fotografia e pittura nel Novecento, Mondadori, 1999

„Non si chiede mai a un pittore quali pennelli usa o a uno scrittore che macchina per scrivere usa […]. Quel che conta è l'idea non la macchina fotografica.“

—  Man Ray

citato in Claudio Marra, Fotografia e pittura nel Novecento, Mondadori, 1999

„Inspiration then information; each validates the other.“

—  Man Ray

"Originals Graphics Multiples" (1973) <!-- as quoted in Man Ray : American Artist (1988) by Neil Baldwin, p. 323 -->
Contesto: An original is a creation motivated by desire.
Any reproduction of an original is motivated by necessity.
The original is the result of an automatic process, the reproduction, of a mechanical process. In other words: Inspiration then information; each validates the other.
All other considerations are beyond the scope of these statements.
It is marvelous that we are the only species that creates gratuitous forms. To create is divine, to reproduce is human.

„To me, a painter, if not the most useful, is the least harmful member of our society.“

—  Man Ray

In response to criticism of controversial paintings, in Self Portrait (1963), p. 342
Contesto: There is … your high bridge in Pasadena from which every once in a while someone jumps off, committing suicide. There is no question of removing the bridge. Poems have been written by well-known authors that are supposed to have driven love-sick young people to suicide. These works are not banned. Thousands lose their lives in automobile accidents, yet nothing is done to restrain manufacturers from building lethal instruments that can do more than 30 miles an hour. To me, a painter, if not the most useful, is the least harmful member of our society. An unskilled cook or doctor can put our lives in danger. l have tried … to paint a picture that would, like the beautiful head of Medusa, turn the spectator to stone … so that certain ones who looked at it would drop dead … but l have not yet succeeded!

„I do not photograph nature. I photograph my visions. Quoted in“

—  Man Ray

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/man-ray/prophet-of-the-avant-garde/510/ PBS episode of American Masters

„To create is divine, to reproduce is human.“

—  Man Ray

"Originals Graphics Multiples" (1973) <!-- as quoted in Man Ray : American Artist (1988) by Neil Baldwin, p. 323 -->
Contesto: An original is a creation motivated by desire.
Any reproduction of an original is motivated by necessity.
The original is the result of an automatic process, the reproduction, of a mechanical process. In other words: Inspiration then information; each validates the other.
All other considerations are beyond the scope of these statements.
It is marvelous that we are the only species that creates gratuitous forms. To create is divine, to reproduce is human.

„To express what I feel I use the medium best suited to express that idea, which is also always the most economical one.“

—  Man Ray

As quoted in Man Ray : The Rigour of Imagination (1977) by Arturo Schwarz, p. 10 <!-- also in Man Ray : Photographs and Objects (1980) by Birmingham Museum of Art -->
Variant: I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams, or from an unconscious drive. I photograph the things that I do not wish to paint, the things which already have an existence.
As quoted in an interview "Man Ray: Photographer" published in Camera (1981) edited by Philippe Sers <!-- and in The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations (1993) edited by Robert Andrews, p. 686 -->
Contesto: l paint what cannot be photographed, and l photograph what l do not wish to paint. lf it is a portrait that interests me, a face, or a nude, I will use my camera. It is quicker than making a drawing or a painting. But if it is something I cannot photograph, like a dream or a subconscious impulse I have to resort to drawing or painting. To express what I feel I use the medium best suited to express that idea, which is also always the most economical one. l am not at all interested in being consistent as a painter, and object-maker or a photographer. I can use several different techniques, like the old masters who were engineers, musicians and poets at the same time. I have never shared the contempt shown by painters for photography: there is no competition involved, painting and photography are two media engaged in different paths. There is no conflict between the two.

„Throughout time painting has alternately been put to the service of the Church, the State, arms, individual patronage, scientific phenomena, anecdote and decoration … all the marvelous works that have been painted, whatever the sources of inspiration, still live for us because of absolute qualities they possess in common.“

—  Man Ray

As quoted in "American Modernists in Painting take the Public into their Confidence" in Current Opinion Vol LX, No. 5 (May 1916), p. 351
Contesto: Throughout time painting has alternately been put to the service of the Church, the State, arms, individual patronage, scientific phenomena, anecdote and decoration … all the marvelous works that have been painted, whatever the sources of inspiration, still live for us because of absolute qualities they possess in common. The creative force and the expressiveness of painting reside materially in the colour and texture of pigments, in the possibilities of form invention and organisation, and in the flat plane on which these elements are brought into play.

„Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.“

—  Man Ray

As quoted in Photographers on Photography : A Critical Anthology (1966) by Nathan Lyons, p. 80 <!-- "Man Ray Photographs 1920-1934" MAN RAY, Modern Photography, November 1957, p. 85. THE AGE OF LIGHT 1934 Preface to Man Ray Photographs 1920-1934, Paris, Hartford, James T. Soby ??? -->
Contesto: Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask "how", while others of a more curious nature will ask "why". Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.

„An original is a creation motivated by desire.
Any reproduction of an original is motivated by necessity.“

—  Man Ray

"Originals Graphics Multiples" (1973) <!-- as quoted in Man Ray : American Artist (1988) by Neil Baldwin, p. 323 -->
Contesto: An original is a creation motivated by desire.
Any reproduction of an original is motivated by necessity.
The original is the result of an automatic process, the reproduction, of a mechanical process. In other words: Inspiration then information; each validates the other.
All other considerations are beyond the scope of these statements.
It is marvelous that we are the only species that creates gratuitous forms. To create is divine, to reproduce is human.

„Don't put my name on it. These are simply documents I make.“

—  Man Ray

This originates with Eugène Atget, who was quoted by Ray in "Interview: Man Ray" Camera, Vol. 54, No. 2 (February 1975), p. 40
Misattributed

„All critics should be assassinated.“

—  Man Ray

As quoted in Bartlett's Unfamiliar Quotations (1971) edited by Leonard Louis Levinson

„A creator needs only one enthusiast to justify him.“

—  Man Ray

Self Portrait (1963), p. 352

„I have been accused of being a joker. But the most successful art to me involves humor.“

—  Man Ray

As quoted in an interview "Man Ray: Photographer" published in Camera (1981) edited by Philippe Sers

„One of the satisfactions of a genius is his will-power and obstinacy.“

—  Man Ray

Letter to his sister (18 May 1941), as quoted in Man Ray : American Artist (1988) by Neil Baldwin

„It has never been my object to record my dreams, just the determination to realize them.“

—  Man Ray

Julien Levy exhibition catalog (April 1945)

„unconcerned but not indifferent“

—  Man Ray

His epitaph, chosen by his widow, Juliet Browner Man Ray, because they were words he'd often said of himself. Quoted in "Man Ray : Master of Imagery; Pioneer Artist and Photographer" by Max Perchick , in PSA Journal (1 May 1991) http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-10728732.html

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