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Man Ray
(1890-1976) born on
Aug 27
US painter, sculptor, photographer. He is remembered as the father of "Surrealism" and for his "rayograph" photography technique
         
   
F
To me, a painter, if not the most useful, is the least harmful member of our society.

R
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.
A
An original is a creation motivated by desire. Any reproduction of an original is motivated be necessity. . . It is marvelous that we are the only species that creates gratuitous forms. To create is divine, to reproduce is human.
N
It has never been my object to record my dreams, just the determination to realize them.
K
A creator needs only one enthusiast to justify him.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Self Portrait, 1963
R: Interview in Caméra (Paris; repr. in Man Ray: Photographer, ed. by Philippe Sers, 1981).
A: "Originals Graphic Multiples" (published in Objets de Mon Affection, 1983; repr. in Neil Baldwin, Man Ray, ch. 24, 1988).
N: Julien Levy exhibition catalogue, April 1945. Quoted in: Neil Baldwin, Man Ray Introduction (1988).
K: In "Webster's NewWorld Best Book of Aphorisms," by Auriel Douglas, 1989.
   


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