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Man Ray Portraits Exhibition

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Man Ray: If you don't know who I'm talking about, go & see
The first major retrospective to showcase the works of Man Ray will take place at the National Portrait Gallery between 7 February and 23 May. The exhibition will display more than 150 of the works he produced during a period spanning over 50 years and will position him as a leader among the Surrealists and Dadaists, whilst drawing attention to his experimentation with solarisation and colour photography. Among the portraits on show will be a cross section of twentieth-century contemporaries including his lover and assistant, Lee Miller, the painter, Pablo Picasso, and the actress, Catherine Deneuve.

Solarised Portrait of Lee Miller
Solarised Portrait of Lee Miller (Image courtesy of the NPG website)

Next time you take out your point-and-shoot digital camera and play around with your creations, cast a mind back to the innovations that were made in photography, some of them almost one hundred years ago. If this exhibition leaves you hungry for more, you could research his work further and even seek out some of the short films he made in the 1920s.

Salvador Dali with Man Ray
Salvador Dali with Man Ray (Image courtesy of Wikipedia)
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Why? To learn something about early experiments in photography
When: All information is on the website
Where: National Portrait Gallery
Cost: 14 but concessions are available
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