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

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