The National Portrait Gallery, London
is currently presenting an exhibition on
the portrait photography of American photographic innovateur
Participant in dadaism and surrealist artistic expression, friend and collaborator
with the literary and artistic lights of 1920s/1930s Parisian intellectual community,
Man Ray invented the photographic technique – solarisation,
which transformed and elevated the photographic arts.
A solarised print reverses tonal quality of an image:
light areas present dark; dark areas present light.
Man Ray, self portrait with camera – solarised print, 1930
(image from wsj.com)
Man Ray :
National Portrait Gallery – London
until 27 May 2013