The Easel

16th February 2021

Man Ray’s Subtle Surrealistic Genius Women

Man Ray left painting for photography only to keep striving for photography’s “painterly potential”. Surrealism’s ideas about paradoxical imagery were thus bound to appeal. Did he produce “stunning works of visual art”? He certainly expanded the boundaries of photography and created some memorable images. However, Ray’s work did nothing to prevent surrealism’s decline and, to modern eyes, his images seem overly full of young nude studio assistants.