New York

Man Ray

International Center of Photography Museum (ICP)

Man Ray’s particular brand of surrealism lends itself so naturally to the presentation of fashion that it is virtually impossible to separate the work exhibited in “Man Ray/Bazaar Years: A Fashion Retrospective,” from his larger artistic achievement. In the black and white photographs from the ’20s to the early ’40s included in this exhibition, the boundaries between his avant-garde surrealism and the fashion photographs is almost imperceptible.

Looking back at Man Ray’s prolific career, it seems less than surprising that the son of a tailor, who experimented with the materials of his father’s trade (irons, mannequins, fabrics), should turn to fashion photography. What is more, Man Ray was clearly comfortable with this medium, as it provided the perfect vehicle for unifying his photographic innovations and the transformation of his objets d’art into still lifes.

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