Man Ray, photographer, artist, and surrealist, was born on August 27, 1890. He is one of my favorite photographers – I posted a few of his works in a previous post. To acknowledge his birthday, I’ve gathered a few photos from the Smithsonian’s website.
The photo is from his Electricity series; I like the geometric composition. I’d seen this photo many times but didn’t quite realize what it was. When we were in Paris, we found a great old postcard of the Eiffel Tower taken at night. It was lit up and had “Citroën” in large letters lit up all the way down the tower. I realized looking at this photo tonight that the lettering was very similar to that on the postcard; I went and looked at the postcard, and yes, that is the Eiffel Tower in the background. It was used as a billboard by Citroën from 1925-1936.What I like about this is the lighting and the angle, and that it’s a portrait, unlike most of works I am drawn to. I find this creepy but interesting. The shadow is great.
For a stunning book of Man Ray’s work, see Man Ray by Guido Comis and Marco Franciolli, published by Skira. The authors present his life and work chronologically in a well researched, beautifully designed, carefully printed book.